ANARCHY Trailer: Director Michael Almereyda Fills William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE with Bullets, Blood, and Bikers

     January 16, 2015

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A new Anarchy trailer, and it does its best to cover up for as long as possible that it’s based on William Shakespeare‘s Cymbeline.  Written and directed by Michael Almereyda, who handled 2000’s modern-day Hamlet, Anarchy turns the Bard’s tale into a violent crime epic between a biker gang led by King Cymbeline (Ed Harris) and corrupt cops.  Since Cymbeline isn’t one of Shakespeare’s top-tier plays, it looks like they’re trying to sell it with as much action as possible and then using Shakespeare as the “twist”.  It could be fun, but there’s also a reason Cymbeline isn’t one of his more popular plays.

Hit the jump to check out the Anarchy trailer.  The film hits theaters and VOD on March 13th, and also stars Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy Lindo.

Here’s the official synopsis for Anarchy:

Cymbeline unfolds amidst an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.  In the style of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + JulietCymbeline is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.

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