Al Pacino to play Shylock in Shakespeare In The Park
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.