JASON BATEMAN TO PLAY KING LEAR
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Arrested Development and Identity Thief ‘star’ Jason Bateman has signed on to Ulrich Siedl’s four hour King Lear. ‘It’ll be a change of pace for me, some might even say a stretch, but I’m a really big fan of Shakespeare and books generally,’ said the Juno actor. ‘I admire Ulrich’s work and I think it will be a good combination.’
Ulrich Seidl has just finished his Paradise trilogy, the final section of which Paradise: Hope is currently in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Although well known in art house circles, for mainstream audiences he is less recognisable. The Austrian film maker has been described as ‘Michael Haneke with jokes’, but that description came from fellow Austrian Michael Haneke. Seidl said of his new project:
King Lear is the most depressing of Shakespeare’s tragedies and it is something that I’ve wanted to handle for a long time. Jason is a perfect choice for the role, because in Shakespeare’s play Lear is actually the fool of the piece and Jason is an excellent fool.
Filming begins in August and Jason Bateman has already begun to grow his beard.