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The question is who will direct this upcoming version of King Lear with Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knightley, and Gwyneth Paltrow?

And how will it compare to the upcoming BBC version starring Ian McKellen and Romola Garai?

Shall we hereby declare it Lear Year?



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Alan Thomas wrote:

: And, for comparisons, there are always the existing versions starring Ian Holm, Gielgud, Plummer, or (my favorite) Olivier, and many others. And, of course, Kurosawa's masterpiece adaptation Lear-ish film, Ran.

The Godfather Part III has been described as Lear-ish too, no?

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Looks a little like Anakin S. in Return of the Jedi.

Methinks the material is a bit beyond both Paltrow and Knightley, but hey. At least Paltrow is playing one of the nasty daughters, which will be interesting.

Let's Carl the whole thing Orff!

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I debated putting a separate thread for production specific notes, since the Ian Holm version is my favorite, but I figured that would get confusing real fast. Anyhow, I see there was a 2018 version with Anthony Hopkins about which I was marginally aware, but while checking IMDB for Emma Thompson I saw that it was directed by Richard Eyre, who directed the Ian Holm version. So now I have to watch this and see if the staging is the same. (It's significantly shorter at 115 minutes, so there's that, too...)

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