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Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins to lead star-studded 'King Lear' for BBC2

Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins are to star in a new television adaptation of King Lear, directed by Richard Eyre.

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson

The TV film is being produced by Playground and Sonia Friedman Productions for BBC2.

Friedman has previously collaborated with Playground on the TV adaptations of Wolf Hall and The Dresser.

King Lear is a co-production with Amazon Studios, which will air the drama on Amazon Prime Video in the UK following its premiere on BBC2 in 2018.

The film will be set in a fictional present day, in which Hopkins plays the titular character alongside Thompson as his eldest daughter Goneril. Emily Watson and Florence Pugh play Lear's other children.

Click here for the full original article published on by Georgia Snow on October 5th, 2017.