(ANI): Finally, it has been confirmed that Oscar-winner Anthony
Hopkins will play the lead in the film adaptation of King Lear, a
tragedy by William Shakespeare. Hopkins is happy that he is getting
yet another chance to portray the character he played in David
Hare"s production at the National Theatre 21 years ago.
Director Joshua Michael Stern has revealed that the roles of
Lear's three daughters will be played by Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi
Watts, and Keira Knightley. "The one thing that I'm staying away
from is stunt casting, so there won't be the American comedian, but
there will be some really great actors playing smaller roles that
will make a lot of sense," Contactmusic quoted Stern as saying.
He says that he will try to be as faithful to the original text
as possible because he is "not very fond of the modern
adaptations". The shooting for the film is expected to begin in
Britain or Ireland early next year.