Four months ago, we reported that Ethan Hawke would reunite for his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda for another modern spin on the Bard’s work. This time, they’ve teamed up for one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Cymbeline. In the play, the story is about [per Yahoo! Movies] “the impossible love between Imogen (Dakota Johnson) and Posthumus (Penn Badgley), and on the conniving influence of the Queen (Milla Jovovich) on her husband, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris).” The new adaptation was reportedly “in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.” The trailer has now come online, and it looks like Amereyda has delivered on that promise in an effective and exciting manner.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy Lindo. Cymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.
We’ve got some casting news to attend to this morning. Briefly:
- Mark Strong will be reteaming with his Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for the true story The Imitation Game.
- Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson are set to star in the drama Learning to Drive.
- Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of the contemporary Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline.
Hit the jump for more on each casting.
Ethan Hawke continues to prove that no genre is without its merits and no story too daunting as he takes on roles as wildly different as the thrillers of Sinister and The Purge to the dramatic romance of Before Midnight. Starting this Friday, Hawke will take his place behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby Super Snake in an attempt to rescue his character’s wife in Courtney Solomon’s high-speed thriller, Getaway.
During a recent press day for the film, we were able to talk to Hawke in a one-on-one interview that ranged from his training and experience driving the suped-up hot rod in Getaway, his reaction on the reception of Before Midnight, and his reflection on his career so far. Hawke also talked a bit about his upcoming roles, including completing his work with director Richard Linklater on their untitled 12-year project, starring in Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline, Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination and even a possible reunion with writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). Hit the jump for the full interview.
Two more actors have joined the growing cast of writer/director Michael Almereyda’s (Hamlet) modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. The film is in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and is described as “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.” Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Milla Jovovich are already set to star, but it was announced today that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Dakota Johnson (The Five-Year Engagement, Ben and Kate) have also joined the cast. Yelchin will play Cloten, the son of Jovovich’s Queen by a former husband, and Johnson will play Imogen, the daughter of Harris’ King from his former marriage.
Hit the jump to read the full press release. Production on Cymbeline begins in New York City on August 19th.
And today’s latest casting news features:
- Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) takes a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
- Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) signs on for a regal role in Michael Almereyda’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, also starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley.
- Mike Doyle (Green Lantern), Erich Bergen (How Sweet It Is) and Johnny Cannizzaro (Dark Fantasy) join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys musical adaptation, also starring Christopher Walken.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Here’s today’s casting announcements:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Ethan Hawke and writer-director Michael Almereyda came together in 2000 for a modern-day adaptation of Hamlet, which memorably featured the “To Be or not To Be” soliloquy delivered inside a Blockbuster Video. On the whole, it’s not a particularly great movie, but it is an intriguing and worthwhile take on one of Shakespeare’s best and most famous plays. The duo will now be moving to one of the Bard’s lesser-known works by bringing a modern-day take spin to Cymbeline. According to THR, their version is reportedly in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an “epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.” On the one hand, I like it when directors utilize the flexibility of Shakespeare’s material and move it into a new context. My concern about this Cymbeline is that Almereyda seems to be moving it into a context we’ve already seen with the Shakespeare-as-gang-war re-imagining.
Hawke recently scored a couple hits this past summer with The Purge and Before Midnight. In November, he’ll be doing Hamlet again, but this time it will be on stage at the Lincoln Center Theatre. Hit the jump to see him do the famous soliloquy in Amereyda’s 2000 movie.