Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in BBC’s new ‘King Lear’ – watch the trailer!

The BBC has released a trailer for its new two-hour adaptation of King Lear.

The Dresser director Richard Eyre’s modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s play is set in a fictional present, with the eponymous ruler presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England.

The 80 year-old King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril (Emma Thompson), Regan (Emily Watson) and Cordelia (Florence Pugh) – according to their affection for him.

The cast also includes Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Jim Broadbent (Game of Thrones), Andrew Scott (Sherlock).

Watch the trailer:

King Lear airs in the UK at 9.30pm tonight on BBC Two and will debut in the US on Amazon Prime Video later this year.