Judi Dench to star in Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespearean film

Judi Dench to star in Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespearean film

Fans of Dame Judi Dench will be delighted to hear the veteran actress will be starring alongside actor and director Kenneth Branagh in his new Shakespeare film, All Is New. The film will see Branagh playing William Shakespeare with Judi Dench as Shakespeare wife, Anne Hathaway during the final years of their lives.


The film sees William Shakespeare return to his home in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613 after a devastating fire destroys the Globe theatre. According to rumours surrounding the film, it explores Shakespeare’s troubled marriage, and their grief of the death of their only son, Hamnet. Shakespeare died three years later, aged 52 and Hathaway passed away in 1623, aged 67.

The film also stars Sir Ian McKellen as the Earl of Southampton. These talented actors have had plenty of experience in Shakespeare plays over the years, with Kenneth Branagh directing and starring in Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1992), Hamlet (1996), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2006) to name a few.

The last time Judi Dench appeared alongside Branagh was even in Shakespeare’s play, The Winter’s Tale in 2015 and also featured in his films, Hamlet and Henry V. She has also previously been in the screen adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (opposite Sir Ian Mckellen) so we can’t wait to see this stellar cast in this new Shakespearean drama.

The film will be out on December 21 2018.

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