Shakespeare’s work has endured for hundreds of years, inspiring both updates and recreations of his classic tales. Hollywood has never been shy about modernizing the Bard’s plays, and it seems that the updating spirit served as the inspiration for this cool new book: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.
Written by Ian Doescher, the novel takes George Lucas’s first tale of the Force and young Luke Skywalker and punches it up with some Shakespearean prose and iambic pentameter. Who knew Star Wars could be so highbrow?
Billed as “the saga of a wise knight and an evil lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age”, the retelling “abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.” That may be, but we were all in when we realized we’d get Shakespearean riffs on how quickly the Millennium Falcon did the Kessel Run.
You can order your own copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope for a measly $12 from Amazon. See the classic story brought to life in this nifty trailer for the book, and then swing by Design Taxi for some samples.