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Us actor reportedly set to play Katherina in modern version of Shakespeare's rough-and-tumble romantic comedy

Anne Hathaway is to star in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew written by Abi Morgan, the British screenwriter of The Iron Lady and Shame, according to the Wrap.

Shakespeare's late 16th century comedy has been adapted dozens of times by Hollywood, notably in the 1967 version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and subsequently in the teen-oriented 10 Things About You, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, in 1999. Morgan will reportedly transfer the action to the modern day, though it will still be set in Italy. The play has been criticised for its perceived misogyny, but remains one of Shakespeare's more popular comedies.

The project is being put together by studio Universal and British production company Working Title, which also partnered on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Atonement and current Oscar contender Les Miserables. »

- Ben Child

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