“Wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood/ I’m glad I came here/ With your pound of flesh,” howled Courtney Love in 1998 with a subtle allusion to Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. No one could have guessed that the singer of “Celebrity Skin” would ever become a critically acclaimed actress, let alone an actual Shakespearian star. In fact, many would have been happy to see Courtney Love languor in obscurity forever. But the grunge icon has persevered, and now she’s been cast in the upcoming Shakespeare-inspired anthology series, titled A Midsummer’s Nightmare.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming TV show is set to reimagine the fantasy world of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as a “a modern-day, mind-bending thriller that explores terror, deception, and the dark side of love.” Love will be featured in a “recurring guest role” as “a mysterious woman in the woods” who will haunt the protagonists with her nefarious intentions throughout the show.
An ageless punk icon set to play a devious forest crone? We’re sold.
The project comes from A+E Studios and was smartly snatched up by Lifetime. Love will be joining a rather diverse cast including fellow TV stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Daisy Head (Guilt), Jake Robinson (American Odyssey), Casey Deidrick (Eye Candy), Eric Balfour (Haven), Chelsea Gilligan (Star-Crossed), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom), Rhys Ward (The Returned), Thomas Cadrot (Arrow), and Anjali Jay (Continuum).
No word yet on when the series will be released, but we’ll certainly be on the lookout for more details as they emerge from the enchanted wildwood.