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Lear gets super cast

06.29.2008
I wonder how a man, in this case Joshua Michael Stern, goes from directing a Kevin Costner comedy, to directing a faithful adaptation of KING LEAR, starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role, and the powerhouse trio of Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, and Keira Knightley as his daughters. Sternís feature debut SWING VOTE has yet to be released, so thereís no telling how it will fare, but Iíd assume something like LEAR would be left for a heavyweight director. Stern told The Guardian his thoughts on the adaptation:

"It's pre-Roman, Celtic, very raw. It's a period in British history, from which Tolkien took a lot of his inspiration, where there were thatched-roof roundhouses and fortresses."

Iíve studied LEAR heavily in University, and itís a dark, nihilistic tragedy about a naÔve King who misjudges his daughters and puts his trust in the wrong people. Filming starts next year in Britain and Ireland, and you can read the rest of the article HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Hopkins already played Lear 21 years ago on stage in England.
Source: The Guardian

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