According to Variety, Kenneth Branagh will direct Kevin Kline and Bryce Dallas Howard in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It to be set in the late 1800s.

HBO Films is financing the pic, which will be released theatrically before hitting the pay web.

Branagh may play the small role of Touchstone, the comic relief in the film. Jimmy Yuill, David Oyelowo, Adrian Lester and Brian Blessed are set for supporting roles.

Shooting starts April 21st in England.