Michael Almereyda’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” was just picked up yesterday by Grindstone Entertainment, after world premiering at the Venice Film Festival. Now in the latest trailer we can see just how modern Almereyda has taken it.
From the film’s synopsis: “‘Cymbeline’ unfolds amidst an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. In the style of ‘Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet,’ ‘Cymbeline’ is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.”
Much like Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Almereyda has brought the story into a contemporary setting while maintaining the original text. He’s even nabbed a few actors from that film as well, with John Leguizamo and Vondie Curtis-Hall co-starring.
The film will be released through Lionsgate Home Entertainment in the spring of 2015. Check out the trailer below: