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Will: Shakespeare's pen clashes with the government's sword in new trailer

The new TNT drama premieres July 10

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Is the pen actually mightier than the sword? That is the question… in the new trailer for TNT’s young William Shakespeare drama, Will.

Starring newcomer Laurie Davidson as the young bard, Will follows Shakespeare as he pursues his dream of becoming a playwright by moving to London and entering the city’s rambunctious, over-stimulating, and punk rock theater scene. As the trailer points out, this won’t be an easy task. For one, some people initially resist Shakespeare’s penchant for creating new words (“You can’t just make up words!” “Someone must!” Will argues). But, that issue really won’t matter if there are no more theaters, which might happen if Queen Elizabeth I’s hateful torturer Richard Topcliffe (Ewen Bremner), a.k.a. “the most dangerous man in England,” gets his way.

“You all have created a place where a common man can become a king,” says Will to the Globe Theatre’s troupe in the dramatic trailer. “The time has come for us to fight for what we believe in. We are at war, and our only weapons are words.”

The battle is on!

Will — which will feature a modern soundtrack — also stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes), Lukas Rolfe (Fury) , Max Bennett, and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Stitchers). It premieres Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.