Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench to star as Shakespeare and wife in ‘All is True’

Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench will star as Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway in new Oscar contender All is True.

The film – which tells the story of the couple as they return to Stratford-upon-Avon following the Globe’s destruction in 1613 – will get a limited release in the US before Christmas so as to qualify for the Academy Awards, and then subsequently hit screens sometime in 2019.

The time period explored in the script, penned by Ben Elton, is just three years before Shakespeare’s death and during a period of mourning for their son Hamlet. Branagh directs.

All three stars are Shakespeare veterans on both stage and screen, with Branagh himself having been involved in no less than five screen adaptations of the playwright’s work.

Dench and Branagh last worked together in the 2015 production of The Winter’s Tale.

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