Sir Anthony Hopkins turned 80 in December, but the Oscar winner is taking on one of an actor’s greatest challenges, tackling one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic roles in a new BBC production of “King Lear”.
For those who weren’t paying attention in high school English class, “King Lear” focuses on an aging monarch who divides his kingdom between his daughters, which kicks off a tragic chain of events that result in madness, death and destruction.
Set in the modern era, this production of one of the Bard’s most devastating tragedies is directed by Richard Eyre (“Iris”) and boasts a star-studded cast, including Hopkins’ fellow Oscar-winners Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent, along with Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Tobias Menzies, Jim Carter and Christopher Eccleston.
Sir Anthony is the latest actor to portray Lear, following in the footsteps of such famed thespians as Ian McKellen, Laurence Olivier, Michael Gambon, Charles Laughton, John Gielgud and others.
“King Lear” debuts on BBC on Monday, May 28, and will be available to stream on Amazon later this year.