Anthony Hopkins to Portray Handel in "The King of Covent Garden"

Embankment Films launches global pre-sales for "The King of Covent Garden," a biographical drama starring Anthony Hopkins as composer George Frideric Handel. The film, set for release in autumn 2025, chronicles Handel's creation of his iconic masterpiece "Messiah" in 1741.

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Anthony Hopkins to Portray Handel in "The King of Covent Garden"

Anthony Hopkins to Portray Handel in "The King of Covent Garden"

Embankment Films has launched global pre-sales for the upcoming biographical drama "The King of Covent Garden," starring Anthony Hopkins as the celebrated Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. The film, set for release in autumn 2025, will celebrate Handel's musical genius and chronicle the creation of his iconic masterpiece "Messiah" in 1741.

Directed by Andrew Levitas and written by Tim Slover, the film will revolve around Handel's unlikely partnership with a singer named Susannah, a role that has yet to be cast. Levitas describes the storytelling as "hinged upon an unlikely pair, who meet each other at their lowest points, and together create a magnificent never-heard-before 'sound for the people': the groundbreaking masterpiece Messiah, the annual global bestseller for close to 300 years."

Embankment Films has a history of collaborating with Hopkins, having previously worked with him on the critically acclaimed film "The Father," for which the actor won his second Academy Award. Welsh operatic mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins and Peter Touche will serve as executive producers on the project.

Handel, born in modern-day Germany, moved to London in 1712, where he composed "Messiah." The oratorio has become a global phenomenon, with Tim Haslam of Embankment Films noting, "In excess of five million people have seen a performance of Messiah in The Royal Albert Hall alone. Throughout the US there are over 800 performances per year. Handel's music has been performed at every coronation of a British monarch since King George II."

The enduring popularity and cultural impact of "Messiah" are undeniable. The Hallelujah chorus from the oratorio has been featured in numerous iconic entertainment works, including "Baywatch," "The Simpsons," "Runaway Bride," and "Scrooged," cementing its place in popular culture.

With Anthony Hopkins, a celebrated actor known for his powerful performances, taking on the role of Handel, "The King of Covent Garden" promises to be a fascinating exploration of the composer's life and the creation of his most famous work. The film's release in autumn 2025 is eagerly anticipated by music lovers and cinephiles alike, as it aims to shed light on the man behind the music that has resonated with audiences for nearly three centuries.

Key Takeaways

  • Anthony Hopkins to play George Frideric Handel in biographical drama "The King of Covent Garden".
  • Film chronicles Handel's creation of iconic masterpiece "Messiah" in 1741.
  • Release set for autumn 2025, with Embankment Films launching global pre-sales.
  • Handel's "Messiah" has been a global phenomenon for nearly 300 years, with 5 million+ performances.
  • Film explores Handel's unlikely partnership with singer Susannah, with role yet to be cast.