‘The BBC and Amazon have unveiled the first look at the forthcoming adaptation of King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
The broadcasters have revealed the first image of the TV movie version of the Shakespeare adaptation with Hopkins as Lear with Florence Pugh as his youngest daughter Cordelia. The drama, which is produced by Colin Callender’s Playground and Sonia Friedman Productions, is a contemporary take on the play with Richard Eyre directing.
King Lear will premiere on BBC Two in the UK in 2018 with Amazon Studios co-producing and be taking U.S. and German rights. Amazon Prime Video will also air the drama in the UK, following the BBC’s run.
Set in the fictional present, King Lear sets Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Thompson stars as his eldest daughter Goneril with Emily Watson as middle daughter Regan. Jim Broadbent is the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate offspring Edmund.
Further completing the cast are Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter, The Leftovers‘Christopher Eccleston, Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf (Riviera) and Karl Johnson (Rome).
The producer is Noëlette Buckley (The Dresser, Wolf Hall). Executive producers also include Scott Huff for Playground and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Great Point Media will represent international rights.