Sunday, 14 September 2014

New Cymbeline trailer arrives online

Lionsgate have just released their first trailer for Michael Almereyda (Nadja) contemporary take on William Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

The Bard's tale of lust, greed and revenge has been updated to a filthy, corruption riddled urban American setting, where an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang is set to explode into life thanks to bad decisions and the raging hormones of two young lovers.

On the page, the story is a labyrinthine romance that includes deception, disguises, cross-dressing and supernatural intervention. We don't see much evidence of the spookier elements, but there are a lot of guns and cars on display, plus a cast that includes Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Ethan Hawke (The Purge), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!), Penn Badgley (Easy A), Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) brushing up their Shakespeare.

Cymbeline should see US cinemas next spring. We'll have to wait and see if – or more probably, when – it travels to these shores.

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