Shakespeare has received no shortage of contemporary cinematic takes, but we’d reckon there are few that have involved machine guns. So welcome to Michael Almereyda‘s “Cymbeline,” which is not his first journey down the Bard’s path. He’s the filmmaker behind 2000’s slick version of “Hamlet,” but this looks like a different animal entirely.
Boasting an all star cast —Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson, James Ransone, Delroy Lindo— this film takes Bill Shakespeare’s somewhat obscure play regarding the battle between Roman and Celtic nobility, and switches it up to involve motorcycle gangs, corruption and drug dealing. English literature just got a lot more interesting for tenth graders! This first clip demonstrates a keen sense of mood and cool…that is, before Ed Harris goes full Rambo. And the new trailer gives a pretty good impression of the overall vibe.
No release dates, but the film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Watch trailer and clip together below in one video.