The works of William Shakespeare are extremely versatile, particularly relating to science fiction and fantasy. They’ve been translated into Klingon, been reinterpreted as science fiction movies and novels, and even been used as a option to reinterpret the Star Wars franchise. A brand new Star Wars fan movie takes one of many playwright’s most well-known monologues as a devastating inspiration.

Directed by Quebec-based director Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer, Squad Chief TD-73028 Soliloquy (noticed by io9) follows a lone sandtrooper (portrayed by cosplayer David Blouin and voiced by Anton Golikov) as he navigates his manner throughout a desert planet, reciting Hamlet’s well-known soliloquy. He ultimately comes throughout the physique of a fellow trooper, and faces his personal mortality. [Content warning — this film deals with themes and depictions of suicide]

L’Écuyer instructed The Verge that the inspiration for the movie got here when Blouin confirmed him a picture of his costume. “As quickly as he confirmed me image of his costume, I instructed myself immediately that I needed to do one thing with it and I mentioned to him jokingly, ‘I’m going to make a Shakespearean quick movie along with your costume,’” and over three years, developed the idea and directed the quick movie.

He famous that whereas everybody is aware of the the openings strains to the soliloquy, “few folks know the remainder. If we can provide entry or illuminate a brand new technology to Shakespeare’s writing, our job is completed by means of this movie.”

Regardless of the grim subject material, the movie is a fantastically designed quick. The stark, inhospitable desert serves as a great backdrop for the lone trooper as he contemplates the meaninglessness of his personal existence.

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