The Thor director and bosses at the movie agency will work together to present William Shakespeare productions throughout the year-long project. The first productions announced include a feature film, two shorts from all-female filmmaking teams, three animations and a documentary centring on the playwright's enduring screen legacy, according to

"Much of my work has involved bringing Shakespeare to the stage and the screen, so I'm looking forward to working with Film London as their patron for Shakespeare on Screen," he says. "Storytellers at every stage of their careers continue to draw from the playwright's work, so it is fitting that this project - through an ambitious series of brand new commissions - showcases emerging and established talent alike. It is a pleasure to be involved with a project which aims to bring his work to countless new audiences, inspiring as many people as possible along the way."

Branagh recently launched his own theatre company and kicked off a year-long residency at London's Garrick Theatre in October (15) with an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, in which the revered actor returned to the stage in the British capital for the first time since 2008, alongside Dame Judi Dench.

He will also stage a production of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.