Penn Badgley Added To Shakespeare Adaptation ‘Cymbeline’

EXCLUSIVE: The cast of Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation continues to grow. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris will now be joined by Penn Badgley in Cymbeline. The former Gossip Girl and Greetings From Tim Buckley actor will play the orphan Posthumus. For those familiar with the original play, the character secretly marries the daughter of King Cymbeline and is banished by the monarch who raised Posthumus as a son. Warfare follows, to put it mildly. Harris will play Cymbeline himself in this modernized biker gang and dirty cops version. Anthony Katagas is producing Cymbeline for Keep Your Head Productions alongside Michael Benaroya, who is producing and financing through his Benaroya Pictures banner. Benaroya’s Ben Sachs is the pic’s exec producer. Cymbeline joins Parts Per Billion on Badgley’s dance card. The actor joined the Brian Horiuchi-directed and -written drama with Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett and Hill Harper late last year. Badgley is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.

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