As part of next year's Cultural Olympiad celebrations, BBC Two has commissioned television adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV Part I and II, and Henry V.
Richard II, the first in the series, will begin filming early in June. The project is co-produced by Neal Streat Productions, NBC Universal and WNET.
Criminal Justice star Ben Whishaw will play lead character King Richard II opposite Rory Kinnear, while Shakespeare regular Patrick Stewart will play John of Gaunt.
Poirot actor David Suchet will portray the Duke of York, opposite Red Riding star David Morrissey as Northumberland.
Rounding out the cast is Harry Potter actress Clemence Poésy as Queen Isabella and Alice in Wonderland star Lindsay Duncan as the Duchess of York.
American Beauty director Sam Mendes will serve as executive producer on the project alongside Pippa Harris, while Rupert Goold will direct the first film from his own adapted screenplay.
"With the backing of BBC and NBC Universal, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring Shakespeare to a worldwide TV audience, in a vivid and enthralling way," Harris said of the series. "It's hugely exciting to be working with such an array of talent."
"A fitting ensemble of some of this country's finest acting talent have assembled for Richard II," BBC Drama Controller Ben Stephenson added.
The BBC Shakespeare adaptations will air throughout 2012.