Mike Bruno
February 04, 2009 AT 04:25 PM EST

Al Pacino will star in the Michael Radford-directed film adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Variety reports. The actor will play the title role, an aging monarch who divdes his kingdom to his three daughters. Two of them scheme and flatter the king, while the one loving daughter, Cordelia, refuses to play the game and is disinherited. In the end, the daughters reveal their true colors, and Lear is left with nothing. This will be Pacino’s second Shakespearean foray with Radford, who will also script Lear, following his starring role as Shylock in Radford’s 2004 adaptation of Merchant of Venice. Shooting is scheduled to start later this year.

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