Shakespeare nerds, rejoice! The BFI announced this morning that Ian McKellen will head the BFI’s Shakespeare on Film program, which launches in April of next year. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the literary icon’s death, the program will run from Spring to December of 2016.
This marks the largest ever organized program by the British Council, as it will show twenty different versions of of Shakespeare’s works for the cinema from the BFI National Archive. They include “Silent Shakespeare,” Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” (1948), Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” (1968) and Richard Loncraine’s “Richard III” (1995), coincidentally starring Ian McKellen.
More information about the program will be announced in January 2016, according to the BFI.