Watch: Trippy Official Trailer for Julia Taymor's 'The Tempest'

October 5, 2010
Source: Apple

The Tempest Trailer

Are you ready for another twisted Julie Taymor take on Shakespeare? Disney has debuted the official trailer in blazing high def (via Apple) for Julie Taymor's The Tempest starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Ben Whishaw, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou and many others. Taymor's movies always look so vivid and epic and extremely wild. I really want to see this because I love seeing Shakespeare's dialogue thrown around in such visually imaginative concepts, I just hope it's actually entertaining. There's so much weird stuff in this trailer, you just need to see it for yourself. Fire it up below!

Watch the official trailer for Julie Taymor's The Tempest:

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You can also watch The Tempest official trailer in High Definition on Apple

The Tempest is written & directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Julie Taymor, of the visually unique films Titus, Frida and Across the Universe previously. In this take on The Tempest, the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera (Mirren). She 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 becomes the father figure to Miranda. This leads to a struggle of power and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect. Disney/Miramax is bringing The Tempest to theaters starting December 10th.

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Sigur Ros is best.

Trin on Oct 5, 2010


Buuuuuhhhh...... I'm not sure how this will blow over. Looks like good acting and visually exciting but modern Shakespeare movies seem to have quite the curse on them....unsure if Tempest will turn the tide. Unfortunately, this seems like a movie that will perpetually stay on the bottom of my Netflix queue despite my interest.

Voice of Reason on Oct 5, 2010


Finally, this is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.

Phai Giron on Oct 5, 2010


When I heard that Prospero was going to be changed into a woman played by Helen Mirren, I had my misgivings. But after seeing this, I am fully aboard on this project and I can't wait to see it.

Michael Midnight on Oct 5, 2010


I'll wait for the CliffsNotes version......

Typhoon on Oct 5, 2010


#1 Agreed. I love Titus, so I am really looking forward to this, looks very stylistic in the way you would expect Julie Taymor to direct it. Though at times you still get that openness is some of the scenes that really let the character protrayal shine through in between the CGI and what sure will be a great contemporary rendition of one of Shakespeares finest.

Hairu on Oct 5, 2010


crap And they have so many good actors, i couldn't event watch the trailer until the end, damn, what a waste of money.

qweqwu on Oct 5, 2010


Whole time i had my black reaction which was "Nigga what da fuck"

Darren on Oct 5, 2010


so trippy...nice. was that sperm at the end?

f on Oct 5, 2010


The F?

Gabs on Oct 5, 2010


Sperm. Lol.

Cracky on Oct 5, 2010


Ah "Saeglopur" makes everything amazing, in fact anything that uses Sigur Ros makes it amazing. The trailer was amazing, I'm a big fan of "out there" films, looks like something I can compare to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and place next to it in my DVD collection. Helen Mirren was fantastic, Chris Cooper is a reason to see any movie, Alfred Molina is a great actor as well, I'm in!

Xerxex on Oct 5, 2010


Not for me...looks 80,s dated..boring etc

Vietnamthemovie on Oct 5, 2010


The only good thing about this trailer is its use of 'Sæglópur' by Sigur Rós at the end.

12916studios on Oct 5, 2010


very stylish and well as the excellent dialogue.......and withcraft..........and excellent cast...........i'm IN.

beavis on Oct 5, 2010


Modern? This is nothing more then modern acting meets the play. It looks good. But it seems like it will be great.

John on Oct 5, 2010


Where's all the ninjas? Ninjas or gtfo.

Crapola on Oct 5, 2010



mgazo on Oct 5, 2010


Just not my thing, I can see why some people are sold.

Cody w on Oct 5, 2010


Hold on.... Spiderman is in this? (The Broadway one).

Duane on Oct 5, 2010


"I have made you maaaad" that line is awesome! upon second viewing I am so pumped for this! I mean it dosen't get any more epic than that!

Xerxex on Oct 5, 2010


Looks pretty awesome. I loved Titus... Frida and Across the Universe not so much.

Kevin on Oct 5, 2010


Hm. Well oncce I heard Sigur Ros I was hooked! I have the Tempest in my reading collection, just haven't gotten to it yet. The movie looks enchantingly confusing. I'm in!

Julie on Oct 5, 2010


Looks... interesting, but based on this, no. I'd prefer to judge based on the final product, but the trailer is slapdash, not subtle. The usual trailer method of throwing together visually impressive, funny or even slightly cool bits is not something that can be applied to Shakespeare. You end up with this, a confusing mess that attracts only with shiny special effects. Maybe if I saw a single cohesive scene that flows as Shakespeare's writing does I would be sold, but as it stands, I am not.

MK24 on Oct 5, 2010


For the love of God please let this make Shakespeare more mainstream. It's a crime that people don't appreciate him anymore. This looks AMAZING. And the fact that they're sticking to the text makes me incredibly proud to say that I will pay to see this. Multiple times.

BVDR on Oct 6, 2010


Omg this looks great, Across the Universe ehh but hopefully this will finally open my eyes to what so many others had seen in her directing style. Yes the best part was Sigur Ros ooooohh i fucking love that songs and many from them, there songs are so epic and i was waiting for someone to use them in a trailer there are so perfect for it. but im sold and really excited for some more Russell Brand love that guy.

Jake on Oct 6, 2010


Whats with the lack of love for Across The Universe. I thought that movie was great, I loved it.

Andrew Geczy on Oct 6, 2010

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