New Trailer for ‘King Lear’ Starring Anthony Hopkins

Richard Eyre's Adaptation

Amazon has released an official US trailer for Richard Eyre’s adaptation of the Shakespeare drama King Lear, set in the fictional present and starring Anthony Hopkins, who’s joined by a powerhouse cast.

Hopkins stars as the infamous monarch alongside Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent, John Macmillan, and Andrew Scott.

The movie, a co-production with BBC, airs on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 28, at the same time as it arrives in select US theaters. See the new trailer and poster below.

Richard Eyre's Adaptation

King Lear already premiered in the UK back in May.

Richard Eyre's Adaptation

Set in the fictional present, King Lear begins as the 80 year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear’s prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and Cordelia are re-united; for a brief moment love reigns, then tragedy descends.