Shakespeare’s The Tempest may be one of the most contrived and story-heavy piece of work in his collection, but that’s not stopping director Julie Taymor, who plans on bringing a direct adaptation of the play to theaters next year.
Yes, this is the same Julie Taymor who is begrudgingly bringing Spider-Man to Broadway, but she’s also the director behind Across the Universe, which introduced a whole new generation to the music of The Beatles, and adapted Shakespeare once before with Anthony Hopkins in Titus.
Now she’s at it again, with a new gang of players including Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, and Alan Cumming.
The premise is a bit confusing, so we won’t try to bog you down with the details. Instead, we have two great clips featuring Mirren, Hounsou, and Brand, which you can check out after the jump.
Catch Disney’s Tempest in theaters this Friday.
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Julie Taymor has made quite a lot of progress in Hollywood in the past few years. If bringing Across The Universe to theaters and Beatles music to a whole new audience wasn’t enough, she was one of the driving forces to bring Spider-Man to Broadway (whether we want it or not). Now Taymor is bringing her unique knack for stage adaptation with Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The movie looks like an intense music video, with elements of mythology, magic, and yes, Russell Brand. Here’s the full synopsis for those who fell asleep during that 9th grade English class.
In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller “The Tempest,” Academy Award(R)-nominated Julie Taymor (“Across the Universe,” “Frida,” “Titus”) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar(R) winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
Mirren is followed by an almost Expendable-sized cast such as Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, and Tom Conti.
The film is expected to hit theaters on December 10th, but you can see what we’re going on about with the first trailer after the jump. Enjoy!
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It’s like watching a bad soap opera when we report on the on-again, off-again relationship between Broadway and the upcoming Spider-Man musical titled Turn Off The Dark.
The show was originally slated for release earlier this year, and got all the way up to the point of casting Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming as Mary Jane and Green Goblin, respectively. Right after that point, the budget ran out, and the production was put on the shelf.
Then, months later, we were told that it was back on, now with a much smaller budget and a brand new, unknown cast. Now, as we get closer to the musical’s opening night on December 21st, we’re seeing more of the music and costumes (as you can see in the form of Electro to the right).
In a recent ABC News piece, Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for the show, talked about the performance and even gave us a taste of one of the songs performed by Reeve Carney, who will be portraying Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming production.
Check out the full performance after the jump, along with a larger shot of Electro’s costume, and even a look at what Cumming would have had to wear if he stayed on as Green Goblin.
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