Pacino Takes On Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

Al Pacino and Michael Radford, who previously teamed on the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in 2004, are reteaming for another of the bard’s plays – “King Lear” reports Variety

Pacino, who will play the title role, has played many Shakespearean characters but never Lear – the aging monarch who selects his successor by parsing his kingdom in three parts, ruled by his trio of daughters.

Two of them are scheming connivers who flatter their father, while the one loving daughter, Cordelia, refuses to play that game and is exiled. The king ultimately loses everything.

Radford wrote the script while Barry Navidi will produce the film which aims to be very true to the film’s original time period. The likes of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles and Paul Scofield have played the monarch in previous film adaptations.

Pic will be produced by Barry Navidi, who teamed with Pacino on “Merchant” as well as the upcoming “Salomaybe?,” which Pacino directed and stars in. That film, based on the Oscar Wilde play, is in post-production.

Filming on the U.K. and Northern Ireland co-production will kick off later this year in Europe.