Al Pacino to play ‘King Lear’

February 4th, 2009 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 4 (IANS) Hollywood acting legend Al Pacino is joining forces with filmmaker Michael Radford for a big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”.The Oscar-winner actor will take on the film’s title role of an ageing pre-Roman British monarch who loses everything due to his scheming daughters, reports

It’s the first time Pacino has tackled the part, although he has played a string of the playwright’s other famous characters during his career.

The “Scarface” star previously worked with Radford on 2004s “The Merchant of Venice”, in which he played the story’s central character, Shylock.

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