Official Poster Unveiled for Julie Taymor's Wild 'The Tempest'

August 11, 2010
Source: Yahoo

Helen Mirren in 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!

Julie Taymor's The Tempest Poster

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?

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Good source material, but if not handled properly it could fail miserably.

gonnarentit on Aug 11, 2010



Zim. on Aug 11, 2010


waiting for trailer, looking forward to the design and look of it all 🙂

Yasmin on Aug 11, 2010


wait...wasn't "The Tempest" a comedy...?

notes on Aug 11, 2010


... Easily my favorite Shakespearean story, hadn't heard they were doing this until today and I'm super excited. Love both Mirren and Hounsou. This looks so awesome... ...

Mondo Jay on Aug 11, 2010


Agreed with Mondo Jay! Except I'll be interested to see how it works out...I've never seen a Shakespeare adaptation that fully translated to film well. And @notes, The Tempest was one of Shakespeare's romances, which means it's neither a comedy nor a drama.

Emma on Aug 11, 2010


Wait, so what's it about?

Gabs on Aug 11, 2010


pretty sure it has quit a bit of comedic elements to it. esp from the jester and butler. dun remember it too well. and being played by Brand and Molina, i expect the movies gonna have a good bit too. Mirren is such a badass these day, its awesome

lego on Aug 11, 2010


Tarsem was the first thing i thought when i saw the poster I'm excited and glad hes not the only director out there with that kind of eye

DoomCanoe on Aug 11, 2010


I've been waiting for this movie for a long time. I love Taymor and I can't wait to see this.

FancyMonocle on Aug 11, 2010


'Titus' was fantastic, so i am sure this one will be awesome too...

buckaroo banzai on Aug 12, 2010


Actually this was a "comedy" in the sense that Shakespeares plays were either Comedy or Tragedy i.e. the Dramatic Masks. The exceptions would be his histories which still largely fall into the tragedy category. However just because it is labeled a shakespearean comedy doesn't mean its a HA HA comedy. In a modern setting of terms its probably most closely defined as a Fantasy with wizards and spells etc. Titus was terrific - color me intrigued by this.

harm on Aug 12, 2010


Did you know....Forbidden Planet(1956), the characters and its setting were inspired by those in The Tempest? 🙂

David Banner on Aug 12, 2010

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