Jeff Jensen
December 07, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

Al Pacino has been cast to play Shylock in summer 2010’s Shakespeare in the Park staging of The Merchant of Venice, Variety is reporting. Pacino is among a pool of actors that will appear in not just Merchant, but also The Winter’s Tale, forming a twin bill for the storied New York theater series. Joining Pacino: Jesse Martin (Law & Order) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (ABC’s Castle; American Gangster). Pacino — who has previously played Shylock on the New York stage — is no stranger to Shakespeare: in 1988, he starred in Shakespeare in the Park’s Julius Caesar, and in 1996 he directed and starred in the acclaimed documentary film Looking For Richard, an in-depth examination of Richard III.

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