The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1045 Monday, 2 June 2003
Date: Sunday, 01 Jun 2003 16:18:24 -0400
Subject: Al Pacino and Ian McKellen in M of V film
Al Pacino to portray Shylock
[FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2003 02:20:53 AM ]
WASHINGTON: Oscar-winning legendary US actor Al Pacino will take on the
role of Jewish money-lender, Shylock, in the big screen version of
William Shakespeare's famous play The Merchant of Venice.
The film, expected to cost 30 million dollars, will also star Sir Ian
McKellen as Antonio, and Joseph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett as romantic
couple Bassanio and Portia.
Filming is due to begin in September.
PeopleNews quoted producer Cary Brokaw as saying that it will be filmed
as a 16th century period piece in a "stylised fashion."
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