How do you become the greatest writer of all time? William Shakespeare’s biography could use such a tagline. His greatness has attracted a lot of storytellers towards his stories as well as his life. Craig Pearce is one of those people and he created ‘Will’ to explore the young days of Shakespeare’s life. He is also known for co-writing the screenplays of ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Romeo + Juliet’. Along with Shekhar Kapur (‘Mr India’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘New York, I Love You’), Pearce also serves as the director. Both of them executive produce the series, along with Howard Braunstein, Vince Gerardis, Debra Hayward, Alison Owen and Louise Rosager.
Will Cast: Who’s in It?
The role of William Shakespeare is played by Laurie Davidson. Before landing this role, he had been a newcomer and has only a handful of credits to his name. This includes a minor role in ‘Vampire Academy’ and the lead role in a TV movie, ‘Diana and I’. He is set to start in ‘The Good Liar’, alongside Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. He is also a part of the upcoming musical, ‘Cats’.
Olivia DeJonge plays the role of Alice Burbage, William’s love interest. She is known for her roles in ‘Hiding’, ‘The Visit’ and Netflix’s teen drama, ‘The Society’. Ewen Bremner portrays Richard Topcliffe. He has appeared in many films and TV shows which includes titles like ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Pearl Harbour’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Black Hawk Down’, ‘Death at a Funeral’, ‘Snowpiercer’, ‘The Virgin Queen’, ‘Aliens vs Predator’ and ‘Blackout’.
Jamie Campbell Bower plays the role of William’s frenemy, mostly nemesis, Christopher Marlowe. He is best known for portraying Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I’ as well as ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’. His other roles include titles like ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, ‘The Twilight Saga’, ‘Camelot’, ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Thomas and Friends’.
William Houston stars as Kemp, a popular theatre actor in London. His acting credits films and TV shows like ‘The Gambler’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking’, ‘Son of God’, ‘Brimstone’, ‘Age of Heroes’ and ‘Dracula Untold’. Max Bennett appears in the role of Robert Southwell. He has gained extensive experience through his time in theatre. In films and television, he is known for his roles in ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Poldark’, ‘The Hollow Crown’, ‘Set the Thames on Fire’ and ‘Saving Hope’. The character of James Burbage is portrayed by Colm Meaney. He is known for his roles in films and TV shows like ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, ‘The Simpson’, ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘Random Passage’, ‘The Conspirator’, ‘Kings’ and ‘How Harry Became a Tree’.