Actor Anthony Hopkins made a star turn in a commercial for Amazon during the Super Bowl this year, but his latest work for Amazon Studios and the BBC will be decidedly more high-brow.
The Academy Award winning Hopkins stars as the eponymous ruler in a new made-for-television film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” and the studios released a first look on Thursday.
The production is set in the fictional present, where Lear presides over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England, according to Amazon.
It’s another turn at the small screen for Hopkins, who starred in HBO’s critical success “Westworld” last year.
Fellow Oscar winner Emma Thompson also stars, as Lear’s oldest daughter Goneril. Emily Watson stars as middle daughter Regan, and Florence Pugh is Cordelia, the youngest of Lear’s children.
Richard Eyre (“The Dresser,” “Notes on a Scandal”) is directing. The film will premiere on BBC Two in the U.K. later this year. Amazon Studios has the U.S. and German rights and Amazon Prime Video will also air “King Lear” in the U.K., following the BBC’s run.