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Noami Watts Joins Anthony Hopkins in "King Lear"

Posted: June 28th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Noami Watts Joins Anthony Hopkins in "King Lear"Submit Comment
The Guardian has confirmed that Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) is to play King Lear in a new film version of the Shakespeare tragedy. In addition, the paper has also received word that Naomi Watts (King Kong) will be joining Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley as the three daughters of Lear.

Director Joshua Michael Stern has mentioned that more big names will be added to cast soon. "The one thing that I'm staying away from is stunt casting," said Stern. "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."

Stern also plans to stick to Shakespeare's dialogue in the film in a bid to make sure the movie is as authentic as possible: "I'm not very fond of the modern adaptations... It's pre-Roman, Celtic, very raw," he said. "It's a period in British history, from which (Lord of The Rings author) Tolkien took a lot of his inspiration, where there were thatched-roof roundhouses and fortresses."

Stern's new Lear will give Hopkins the chance to revisit a character that won him acclaim on stage - the Oscar winner played the king in revered playwright David Hare's King Lear production at the National Theatre in London in the late 1980s.

Source: WENN, Guardian


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