King Lear with Anthony Hopkins

 BBC SETS DATE FOR ‘KING LEAR’
WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON!
Anthony Hopkins’ TV movie KING LEAR which will air on BBC Two Monday 28th May! You can check out the trailer below the post!
THE BURDEN OF BEING A KING

Set in the fictional present, the 80 year old King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril (Emma Thompson), Regan (Emily Watson) and Cordelia (Florence Pugh) – according to their

The new adaptation was directed by Richard Eyre!

affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the

Hopkins was mistaken for a homeless man during the shooting

same time, Lear’s prime minister, Gloucester (Jim Broadbent), is betrayed by his son Edmund (John Macmillan) and his other son, Edgar (Andrew

Tobias Menzies is also the part of the stunningly stellar cast

Scott), is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family descend into chaos and warfare.

 

 

1st KING LEAR photo

FOR ANTHONY HOPKINS SUPER STELLAR TV DRAMA!
Anthony Hopkins and Florence Pugh

BBC and Amazon have revealed first photo of Anthony Hopkins as KING LEAR and Florence Pugh as his youngest daughter Cordelia from the latest TV movie adaptation! Hopkins plays a fictional present ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson is his eldest daughter Goneril, Emily Watson is Regan, Jim Broadbent is the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan, his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter, Tobias Menzies, Christopher Eccleston also star in the super stellar television movie.

The Voyage of Doctor Dollitle in April 2019

EMMA THOMPSON, BANDERAS, MICHAEL SHEEN, RALPH FIENNES

  Universal Pictures is gathering a rather stellar cast for their live action adaptation of THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLLITLE which will see Robert Downey Jr playing the famous doctor who can speak to animals. Antonio Banderas will apparently play his enemy, a pirate named Rassouli while Michael Sheen is set to play Mudfly! Meanwhile, British thespians Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes will lend their voices to some of the talking animals alongside young Tom Holland! An adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s classic book from the 1920’s the movie is viewed as the potential opening for a whole franchise.

Doctor DoLittle is set for April 2019 release!

Period Drama Forward: King Lear

ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON, JIM BROADBENT AND OTHERS
Speaking of British drama, ‘Daily Mail’ also reports that Anthony Hopkins will play the lead role in BBC 2’s TV movie on Shakespeare’s KING LEAR! British thespians Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh will play his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Famous director Richard Eyre has also cast Jim Broadbent and Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter to play Lear’s war ministers Gloucester and Kent! Andrew Scott will be Lear’s secret protector Edgar, while Christopher Eccleston will play Oswald in the story of the Shakespeare’s old King now set in the fictional present with the tyrannical Lear using the Tower of London as the base for his military dictatorship!

Aug 2017

BBC2’s King Lear will be a contemporary version

Follow Up  Oct 2017

BBC has also officially confirmed their work on new TV movie KING LEAR. Hollywood Spy was among the first in the world to announce this project which, set in the fictional present, sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh are his daughters. Jim Broadbent is Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott is his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter is Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston is Oswald, Tobias Menzies is Duke of Cornwall. Karl Johnson is set to play Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.

Remains of the Day 1993

Remains of the Day @ perioddrama.com

One of my all-time favorites

The Remains of the Day is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Anthony Hopkins plays Stevens, the “perfect” butler to a prosperous British household of the 1930s. He is so unswervingly devoted to serving his master, a well-meaning but callow British lord (James Fox), that he shuts himself off from all emotions and familial relationships. New housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to warm him up and awaken his humanity. But when duty calls, Stevens won’t even attend his own dying father’s last moments on earth. The butler also refuses to acknowledge the fact that his master is showing signs of pro-Nazi sentiments. Disillusioned by Hitler’s duplicity, the master dies an embittered man, and only then does Stevens come to realize how his own silence has helped bring about this sad situation. Years later, regretting his lost opportunities in life, he tries once more to make contact with Miss Kenton, the only person who’d ever cared enough to seek out the human being inside the butler’s cold veneer.Era: 1950’s

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