Al Pacino he’s at the point in his career where he’s not doing many new movies. In his eighties and firmly established as one of the greatest actors of all time, he chooses his projects very carefully. No, we don’t know how Jack and Jill happened.
In a new conversation with The Hollywood ReporterPacino reflected on some of his best films and also gave some insight into what he might do next.
The star said he has four films left in his schedule before he even considers retiring, and one of them is a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.
First performed in 1606, King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and famous tragedies. Ian McKellen, Christopher Plummer and Brian Cox have played the iconic role on stage. Pacino hopes to add himself to that list, with a picture of history on the big screen.
As for his retirement, Pacino was dismissive. He said: “I have always been retired. I was retired when I was 25. I mean, who cares? Please don’t call it retired, I just don’t want to work anymore.”
Lear follows the title character as an aging ruler who seeks to divide his power among his daughters and vows to give the largest share to the daughter who loves him most.
Given its popularity, King Lear has inevitably been adapted for the big screen in the past. Most famously, Akira Kurosawa’s Ran – one of the best films of the 80s – was based on the play. Made-for-TV movies starring the likes of Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins have arrived over the years.
Certainly, the prospect of Pacino playing one of the great Shakespearean roles is enticing. It’s a good way to send a career on an absolute high.
It might be a while before we see Pacino do Lear, so we’ve got info on some of the 2023 movies to keep you busy, like Oppenheimer release date, The Equalizer 3 release date, and Indiana Jones 5 release date.
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