Denzel Washington ditched King Lear plans due to Glenda Jackson production

Glenda Jackson dashed Denzel Washington’s hopes of starring as King Lear on Broadway after beating him to the role.
The veteran actress, 82, is currently starring in a gender-bending version of the Shakespeare play, and Denzel admits it was a part he was eager to tackle – until he found out it was already in development.
“We talked about King Lear, but I guess there was a young lady on her way to New York!” he joked to The Hollywood Reporter about his future stage plans.
Although Denzel won’t be stepping into King Lear’s shoes anytime soon, he is preparing for another Shakespearean project – a new film adaptation of Macbeth.
He said, “We’re doing it. Joel Coen is writing it and he’s directing this one without his brother (Ethan). And Frances McDormand is playing Lady Macbeth. We’re shooting next year.”
Meanwhile, Denzel revealed he is actively looking for his next Broadway role, as he wants to make his return to the stage a regular occurrence.
“Since 2005 I’ve been back to Broadway four times,” he said. “I plan to go back every four years.”
He made his debut on the Great White Way in 1988 in a production of Checkmates, and returned for 2005’s Julius Caesar.
He also starred in revivals of Fences in 2010, which earned him the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, A Raisin in the Sun in 2014, and The Iceman Cometh in 2018.