Hot off of her second Academy Award nomination, Anne Hathaway already seems to be planning her return to the Oscar stage with an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, a broad, sexist comedy about a strong-willed woman psychologically abused into obedience by her husband, who only marries her on a bet. How delightful. But it's still Shakespeare, damn it, and still another possible awards contender for the star of Rachel Getting Married and Les Miserables.
According to The Wrap, the script for this new adaptation will change the setting from the 16th century to the mid-20th, and will be adapted by Abi Morgan, the screenwriter of The Iron Lady and Shame. Shakespeare's comedy has been updated multiple times in the past, notably in the 1953 musical Kiss Me Kate (a 3D film starring Kathryn Grayson) and 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You (which set the events in a contemporary high school and starred Julia Stiles, along with Hathaways' Dark Knight trilogy co-stars Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
The Taming of the Shrew is the first film Anne Hathaway has attached herself to since having a banner year in 2012, with a role in the blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises and a second Oscar nomination for her acclaimed turn as Fantine in Les Miserables. The only other film she has on the horizon is Rio 2, an animated talking bird movie and the sequel to her 2011 family hit.