Patrick Stewart does Merchant of Vegas?

Patrick Stewart’s the sort of guy that, when he does Shakespeare, you want to go check it out. (When he does “A Christmas Carol” you want to check it out, too). Anyway, he’s got a new project — Merchant of Venice, ala Las Vegas. He’s already got Ian McKellen signed up. Apparently he’s not getting rave reviews so far, though, as people feel that he’s “trying too hard”, and “hitting it with a sledgehammer.”

What the article doesn’t say is whether this is a movie he’s filming or an actual production someplace. I’d be surprised to see a movie, after Al Pacino just did his Merchant this year.