King Lear, one of Shakespeare’s signature tragedies, is believed to have been written as far back as 1605. However, Amazon Prime Video is about to premiere a movie version that takes place today, albeit in a stylized alternate universe in which London is ruled by a military monarchy.
Anthony Hopkins plays the titular role of the aging King Lear, who fecklessly abdicates his power to his two scheming daughters, Goneril and Regan, leaving the true-hearted Cordelia in the cold, which leads to further family machinations and war for the kingdom.
King Lear Amazon Trailer
The King Lear trailer is pretty much an insane exhibition of Sir Anthony Hopkins doing what he does best, playing the wantonly whimsical ruler, whose madness and desire for flattery chums the waters for his imperious offspring, daughters Goneril (Emma Thompson) and Regan (Emily Watson), who manipulate Lear into giving them the keys to the kingdom, while the youngest, Cordelia (Florence Pugh), is left with nothing but the inevitable fallout.
Joining Hopkins, Thompson, Watson and Pugh in the stacked King Lear cast are Jim Broadbent, Andrew Scott, John Macmillan, Jim Carter, Christopher Eccleston, Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf and Karl Johnson.
In the director’s chair for King Lear is Richard Eyre, who also wrote the Shakespeare-adapting script. Eyre recently directed Emma Thompson in the September-scheduled drama, The Children Act, and before that directed Anthony Hopkins in the 2015 TV movie, The Dresser. His other written/directorial efforts include the 2008 Liam Neeson/Antonio Banderas thriller, The Other Man, and the 2006 Cate Blanchett/Judi Dench drama, Notes on a Scandal, which yielded Oscar nods for its two headliners. His past efforts also include 2004’s Stage Beauty and 2001’s Iris, which, among headliners Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, included King Lear’s Jim Broadbent.
King Lear Amazon Release Date
King Lear will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 28.
The movie, which is a joint production of Amazon Studios and the BBC, premiered on BBC Two back on May 28.
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