Laurie Davidson to Star in TNT’s Pilot of ‘Will’



Laurie Davidson is set to star in TNT’s pilot of Will. 

Young British actor Laurie Davidson has landed the title role in Will, TNT’s drama pilot chronicling the 20s of William Shakespeare. Elizabethhelmer Shekhar Kapur is directing the pilot, which comes from Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. It tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare’s (Davidson) arrival onto the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It’s described as the hot, contemporary, dangerous version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack, exposing all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.

Pearce wrote the script and executive produces with Vince Gerardis, Howard Braunstein and Louise Rosager. The project has had a long development history — it was at one point set up at HBO and once had a straight-to-series order at Pivot,

Davidson, who graduated from drama school in 2012, is a newcomer. He has done some theater in Europe and had a small role in the 2013 Vampire Academy movie.