Peter O’Toole in upcoming film, Katherine of Alexandria

Katherine of Alexandria will be released in early 2014.

Here’s a snippet of Peter:

and here’s the trailer:

and a little extra, a bit of Peter narrating over stills from the film.

There are some early notices from the Guardian:

Peter O’Toole comes out of retirement for Katherine of Alexandria

The actor, who is 82, plays a Roman orator in the new film, following the announcement of a break from acting in 2012

“Two months ago, Jack Nicholson was reported to have retired from acting, only for Tom Cruise to coax him away from the hearth for a new movie. And now it comes to light that Peter O’Toole, who last year bade “the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell”, has thrown off his slippers for swords and sandals drama Katherine of Alexandria.

The film, written and directed by Michael Redwood, chronicles the clash between Katherine and the emperor Constantine the Great. The cast also includes Brit veterans Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff and Edward Fox.

O’Toole plays Corenlius Gallus, the palace orator, whose verse on the death of Julius Caesar is considered a benchmark of satire. At the time of his retirement, O’Toole was reported to be working on the third volume of his memoirs. “It’s my belief,” he said, “that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay. It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back.”

Happily, Katherine of Alexandria is scheduled for release next year.”

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