Watch: Intense UK Trailer for Ralph Fiennes' Shakespeare 'Coriolanus'

August 10, 2011
Source: CC2K

Coriolanus Trailer

"And then men die…" Wow this looks good. We received an email from CC2K Online this morning, where they have the first UK trailer for Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, which he stars in and directed. This contemporized version also stars Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave giving what looks to be an Oscar level performance, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain. I had a strong feeling, from all the early buzz, that this would look great, and it really does, despite the rock music they use in this. I'm just excited to see another Shakespeare film that looks good! Fiennes looks great, but Redgrave seems amazing.

Watch the first full UK trailer for Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus:

A banished hero of Rome, Coriolanus (Fiennes), allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Coriolanus is directed by British Oscar nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, who's making his directorial debut. The film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name, from the early 17th century, with a screenplay by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, Rango, Hugo). The was filmed in Serbia and Montenegro, with The Weinstein Company distributing in the US. Coriolanus is currently scheduled for a limited theatrical release starting on December 2nd later this year. Look good?

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  • Loser
    He sure got ahold of an amazing cast and this looks more than great.
  • Guest
    revenge of voldemort
    • JL
    • Sam Doyle
      You're a fucking inatimate object.
      • Spleen Machine
        An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten year olds in a drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.
        • Guest
          I mean basically if you're robbing a man and you're only carrying blanks and you allow your gun to be taken off you and you allow yourself to be shot in the eye with a blank which I assume that the person has to get quite close to you then, yeah really it's all your fault for being such a poof, so why don't you stop wingeing and cheer the fuck up.
      • Anonymous
        inanimate. in - as in 'not' animate - as in 'to live' or 'alive' sorry. it just bothered me.
  • Wow that looks great. 
  • Anonymous
    this looks excellent - love the dialogue and intensity......a must watch.
    • Anonymous
      agreed on the intensity, Beevis. not much of the famous pentameters in the trailer, though - and more focus on 'from the screenwriter of The Last Samurai and Gladiator' than 'from the pen of Shakespeare'. i guess they don't want to put the multiplexes off with too much talking - put in more explosions! @76ddb3ac801e7e582e9433ac31de0368:disqus's right, this really is an amazing cast, all of whom can make Shakespearean dialogue sing rather than plod. really looking forward to Fiennes and Redgrave in this; expecting them to be great, hoping Butler will be up to it. on a separate note, Coriolanus is famously one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays, so i'd be surprised by a low rating.
      • Anonymous
        so true! hey,  as far as you're mentioning putting off multiplexes with too much talking - sometimes a movie pulls off that type of film - the original "12 angry men" is classic and the much more recent "conspiracy" is excellent. didn't know if you'd be interested but i thought i'd throw that out there.
        • Anonymous
          thanks for that. yes, 12 Angry Men i know, a film that just gets better with age - marvellous. Conspiracy i don't but i'll look out for that now, thanks for the tip. and i agree, dialogue-heavy films can be outstanding - they are some of my faves. Thank You For Smoking is an outstanding recent example, and the Margin Call trailer looks like that might be another one.
          • Anonymous
            "thank you for smoking" is a great movie. and, i'm looking forward to "margin call" as well!! yea - if you get a chance to see "conspiracy" with stanley tucci and ken branagh? watch it - great stuff!
  • Vold
    amazing. intense.
  • Intense indeed. Love it. I hope it's rock solid.
  • redguy
  • Emma
    So will this be using the Shakespearian dialogue?  It sounded like it in the trailer, and I'd be interested to see another version of using Shakespeare's words in a contemporary setting.
    • Emma
      Looks fantastic, regardless.  Great cast for a great play.
  • Navid Sasoni
    James Nesbitt ? sold....
    • Sam Doyle
      While he is in New Zealand for the Hobbit shoot, he drinks at the same coffee place as me! I have seen him there twice this week.
  • astroboy3000
    he looks weird with a nose now.
  • Ninja ataaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Looks good.
  • Nance
    Can't wait!!!!
  • Duncan
    The trailer misspells the name of The Independent newspaper.
  • Been waiting to see this ever since the project was first announced, great to finally get a trailer and one that was just as intense and spectacular as I was hoping it would be, eagerly awaiting its theatrical release. 
  • JL
    Looks good, but I wish people would stop putting these Shakespeare plays in modern settings.  It's just weird trying to reconcile that dialogue with modern times.  I mean, it's also weird in all of those movies about Rome and other places having everyone using a British accent, but this is much harder to swallow.  Like that Romeo and Juliet starring DiCaprio.
    • Anonymous
      it depends on how you adapt it, how much of the text you use, how the lines are portrayed, and whether it draws you into the story more or repels you as a result. and a lot of that depends on the actors; the good ones can make the dialogue relevant regardless of the setting. check out Ian McKellen's version of Richard III, set in an alternate, 1930's fascist England, to see how it can be work brilliantly.
      • JL
        I just looked into that on IMDB.  And what a cast of supporting actors.  I'll see if it's on Netflix, thanks for the tip.
        • Anonymous
          no worries, hope you like it.
  • Kevin_humber
    the music for the trailer made it even more sick !  , haterr!
  • Haqyunus
    ah-ha..vanessa redgrave seem to be giving an oscar worthy performance after soooooooo long. i just died and went to heaven. the trailer looks fine too.
  • Furious911
    Wow, this might be my most anticipated movie right now, it looks awesome.
  • CookieMonster
    Ehm...Procedural crumble tutorial from VCP anyone?
  • holy shit
  • Cory
    Who did the music for the trailer?  I heard this once before in a trailer for Wolfman and thought it was Danny Elfman.  Anyone know? 
  • Guesswho
    Saw this at TIFF and it was great!
  • Zsuzsanna
    I'm sad  reading the comment of 'Guest'. (My English is poor, sorry! ) I know Coriolanus well because I adore Shakespeare. The film isn't yet in my country I looked only on the web the excellent trailer and the few parts of the play what was to be seen at all. I find it wonderful, very emotional and can hardly wait to see it. Why would it be 'Voldemort's revenge'? IMHO it is a gift from a brilliant actor, wo is at home before and behind the camera and I hope that the nearly two decades merited Oscar will reach him . By the way: to identify an actor with a role and not to realize the talent and intellect of the artist ...may I say, it's a bit primitive? ...Sorry!  
  • Hels100
    Saw it as a first viewing in October 2010. Always loved Shakespeare. Liked the film a lot. Intense and compelling. Weak ending... But maybe it's been re-edited since then




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