Al Pacino to wrestle with Lear

February 4, 2009 by  
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King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most serious plays. In fact, it’s pretty intense. There’s this king called Lear and he sort of goes mad ‘cos he’s old, and then his daughters are bitches. Except one, who he has inconveniently disowned. A bit dark, right?

So who better to take on the role than Al Pacino, a few years on from his last encounter with Shakespeare, playing money lender Shylock? Pacino’s teaming up with Michael Radford, who directed that version of the Merchant of Venice, to bring Lear to the big screen, following in the footsteps of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles and, um, Brian Blessed.

Apparently the movie’s going to be true to its period of middle ages Venice, and shooting is to start this year in “Europe”. Very forthcoming, these movie people.

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