Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Irons wins a royal role in film

Jeremy Irons will star in Sir Richard Eyre's production

Jeremy Irons is to play Henry IV in a new film.

The stage and screen star will take the lead role in Sir Richard Eyre's production, as part of BBC Two's Shakespeare season in 2012.

Tom Hiddleston - currently appearing in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris - has already been confirmed to play Prince Hal, while Simon Russell Beale has been cast as Falstaff in Henry IV. Tom will then play Henry V in Thea Sharrock's Henry V adaptation.

Henry V will start production later this year, with filming on Henry IV set to begin in January 2012.

Richard II wrapped in July, with Ben Whishaw taking the lead role in a cast that also included Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Clemence Poesy and Lindsay Duncan.

Ben Stephenson from BBC Drama Commissioning said: "This latest news that Jeremy Irons is confirmed to play Henry IV, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and Tom Hiddleston as Henry V, directed by Thea Sharrock, confirms that our adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are going to be some of the most ambitious television of recent years."

Executive producer Pippa Harris added: "We are delighted to confirm Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston as our remaining Kings who, along with Ben Whishaw as Richard II, are leading a phenomenally talented ensemble of cast and crew."

It is the first time the history plays have been adapted by the corporation for TV since 1978 and 1979, during the BBC Television Shakespeare project.

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