Watch: Ethan Hawke Finds Shakespeare Again in 'Cymbeline' Trailer

November 29, 2013
Source: ONTD


Like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, director Michael Almereyda (of The Eternal, Hamlet previously) is taking on a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's lesser known Cymbeline. After directing Ethan Hawke in a similar style adaptation of Hamlet, Almereyda reteams with the Training Day star to amp up the tale of Romans and Celtics going head to head, this time with the aid of automatic weapons, explosions and a gritty cast of characters played by Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, Dakota Johnson. Benaroya Pictures describes the film in the vein of "Sons of Anarchy" and this first trailer supports that.

Here's the first trailer for Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline from ONTD (via The Playlist):

Cymbeline is directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), based on William Shakespeare's original text. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, The Purge) stars in the film which unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The film also features Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgley, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Dakota Johnson. The film has landed distribution in various territories around the world, but doesn't yet have a distributor in the United States, and thus has no current release date. Stay tuned for updates. Thoughts?

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Ehsan Davodi on Nov 29, 2013


this could go either way. a mostly strong cast tackling a lesser known Shakespeare play has the possibility of being something special, but that trailer just seemed to lack something. sure, it was gritty and had guns and violence, i understand the marketing imperative, but i'm always a bit doubtful when they only show one-liners from the Shakespearean text. you can embrace the language and still be contemporary. on balance, i'm in for Harris and Yelchin.

son_et_lumiere on Nov 29, 2013

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