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Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and More Tapped for 'King Lear'

By   Posted 6.30.2017   Announcements, #KingLear, #BBC, #AnthonyHopkins, #EmmaThompson

The TV adaptation from BBC2 is set to have a stellar lineup.

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Emma Thompson (Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock)

Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins is tapped to star as an “English Stalin” in a new TV adaptation of King Lear, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, and Florence Pugh will play his daughters—as Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, respectively.

Theatre, opera, and film director Richard Eyre will be at the helm of the new movie, which will set Lear in contemporary times. Reportedly, Hopkins’ Lear uses the Tower of London as the base for his military dictatorship.

Click here for the original article published on Playbill.com by Olivia Clement on June 30, 2017.