Pacino to play King Lear
Al Pacino isn't a stranger to Shakespeare as we've seen in The Merchant of Venice adaptation written and directed by Michael Radford, and so it might not be a surprise to know that he's set to repeat his performance in another Shakespearean adaptation.
His next appearance will be as King Lear in the play of the same name, and Radford is set to return to write and direct it once again.
King Lear tells the story of Lear who descends into madness after being tricked by one of his daughters into dividing up his estates merely on the strength of flattery, and realising that he's been conned out of everything.
Apparently there are two different versions of the story, The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters and The Tragedy of King Lear. They tell a similar story but it's the latter one that is the more theatrical and the one that is the basis for most of the versions we see.
"I am really excited that Al and I are going to do another Shakespeare film together, and I'm hoping the audience will be excited and moved by our take on this great work...Lear is tailor-made for Al Pacino. Who wouldn't want to see one of the world's greatest movie actors in one of the greatest roles ever written?"
Pacino will play the character wonderfully; a man on the edge is something he does very well.
More great news is that it will film entirely in the UK. I'm definitely looking forward to this role, it could be a strong return to form for the actor.