SIR Ian McKellen has been forced to pull out of a new movie version of SHAKESPEARE's The Merchant Of Venice, and he'll be replaced by Jeremy Irons.

Scheduling problems have prompted McKellen to step aside, leaving Irons to take his place in the $30 million (GBP18.8 million) project, which starts shooting in Luxembourg later this month (NOV03).

Al Pacino will play classic villain SHYLOCK, and the project also features Joseph Fiennes.

13/11/2003 01:48