Official Poster Unveiled for Julie Taymor's Wild 'The Tempest'
There are some very wild big screen adaptations/interpretations of William Shakespeare in the works right now. We've got Ralph Fiennes' modern-day version of Coriolanus complete with modern military. And we've also got Julie Taymor's The Tempest, which kind of looks like Tarsem decided to go Shakespeare, too, but with Taymor's touch. Taymor adapted Shakespeare once before, with Titus, but she is back again with The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren (seen above), Alfred Molina, Russell Brand (yes, that guy), Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw. So check out the official poster below!
The poster comes from Yahoo and a few new photos were released as well (you can see a few on SlashFilm). In Julie Taymor's version of The Tempest, the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera (Mirren). Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to a power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect. I'll admit I'm curious to see this just because it seems so crazy, I just hope it's actually good. Thoughts?