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Capt. Picard to Re-do Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Set in Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 7th August 2005 3:52pm
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Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, two of Britain's greatest Shakespearean actors, are to star in a film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice set in modern-day Las Vegas.

The new £20 million movie will shift the action of the Bard's 1596 play from medieval Italy to the flamboyant Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino in the heart of the Nevada desert.

The new version will keep Shakespeare's dialogue but will unashamedly set the action on the resort's versions of the Rialto Bridge, St Marks Square and the Grand Canal. No attempt will be made to pass off the replica settings as the real Venice.

On the contrary, Stewart, 65, who is also producing the film, believes that America's gambling capital is the perfect backdrop for Shakespeare's classic tale of reckless gambling, greed and money lending. Controversially, the film is also expected to make use of the city's thriving gay scene as it tries to explore the nature of the relationship between Antonio, the eponymous hero of the play, and Basanio, his young protégé.


[ PLEASE... PLEASE add Shatner to the Cast! PLEASE! - Ed ]



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