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First trailer for The Tempest is a sensory and talent overload

Oct. 5, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Wow, was not expecting that. The first trailer for Julie Taymor's THE TEMPEST has been released, and with it comes the most CGI ever brought the Shakespeare adaptation.

It stars Helen Mirren as a gender-flipped Prospera, but the massive cast also includes Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming and Tom Conti. Somehow, in a Shakespeare movie, Russell Brand is still is able to act like himself. Who knew?

For those of you who slept through AP English, here's the official synopsis:

In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller “The Tempest,” Academy Award-nominated Julie Taymor (”Across the Universe,” “Frida,” “Titus”) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar winner Helen Mirren (”The Queen”). Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.

Just. Watch it. I'm dizzy.

 

Extra Tidbit: It's no Mel Gibson HAMLET.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:53PM on 10/05/2010
This looks phenomenal! Thank heavens for directors like Julie Taymor.
This looks phenomenal! Thank heavens for directors like Julie Taymor.
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2:54PM on 10/05/2010

Sigur Ros

song at the end of the trailer FTW
song at the end of the trailer FTW
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3:07PM on 10/05/2010
I have never read the story, but I do like this trailer
I have never read the story, but I do like this trailer
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3:08PM on 10/05/2010
If ever a Shakespeare play deserved to be bathed in CGI, this is it. Julie Taymor is the anti-Branagh, and while the many subplots don't necessarily lend themselves to trailer format, I nonetheless look forward to seeing this. Particularly iexcited about Hounsou's Caliban.
If ever a Shakespeare play deserved to be bathed in CGI, this is it. Julie Taymor is the anti-Branagh, and while the many subplots don't necessarily lend themselves to trailer format, I nonetheless look forward to seeing this. Particularly iexcited about Hounsou's Caliban.
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3:11PM on 10/05/2010

what a trailer

Ok. I'm fucking exited. I am so exited.
Ok. I'm fucking exited. I am so exited.
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3:15PM on 10/05/2010
Wow. I've read the excellent play and have only seen two filmed versions of it, but neither of them did it justice. This looks spectacular, especially with the amazing talent involved.
Wow. I've read the excellent play and have only seen two filmed versions of it, but neither of them did it justice. This looks spectacular, especially with the amazing talent involved.
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3:23PM on 10/05/2010
Looks really really good. Very well made with great actors. High hopes!
Looks really really good. Very well made with great actors. High hopes!
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3:28PM on 10/05/2010

Absolute Win

My favourite Shakespeare play, Julie Taymor, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Chris Cooper & Djimon Hounsou. I am so there.
My favourite Shakespeare play, Julie Taymor, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Chris Cooper & Djimon Hounsou. I am so there.
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3:33PM on 10/05/2010

am i the only one?

aside from the visuals, this trailer isn't doing it for me.. I love the story of The Tempest but this film does not look appealing to me for some reason. Hopefully trailer 2 will change my mind.
aside from the visuals, this trailer isn't doing it for me.. I love the story of The Tempest but this film does not look appealing to me for some reason. Hopefully trailer 2 will change my mind.
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4:23PM on 10/05/2010
This could either be an epic win...or an epic disaster. I will see this for either.
This could either be an epic win...or an epic disaster. I will see this for either.
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4:27PM on 10/05/2010
Djimon Hounsou owns in everything
Djimon Hounsou owns in everything
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4:49PM on 10/05/2010
wtf did i just watch
wtf did i just watch
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9:03PM on 10/05/2010
Something awesome.
Something awesome.
7:07PM on 10/05/2010
thats what im sayin!! haha
thats what im sayin!! haha
4:58PM on 10/05/2010
I think I'm high now.
I think I'm high now.
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5:05PM on 10/05/2010
Looks cool visually, but not really sure what was going on
Looks cool visually, but not really sure what was going on
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5:26PM on 10/05/2010
Solid. High School and College kids everywhere, rejoice! I have to admit I just watched Molina in Prince of Persia and he did a damn fine job in that one. Just sayin'...
Solid. High School and College kids everywhere, rejoice! I have to admit I just watched Molina in Prince of Persia and he did a damn fine job in that one. Just sayin'...
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6:04PM on 10/05/2010
Taymor's take on TITUS was amazing, and this looks to be just as trippy.
Taymor's take on TITUS was amazing, and this looks to be just as trippy.
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6:47PM on 10/05/2010
HO-LY CRAP! That is amazing. I just had a visual-gasm.
HO-LY CRAP! That is amazing. I just had a visual-gasm.
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7:55PM on 10/05/2010
That was a mesmerizing acid trip!
That was a mesmerizing acid trip!
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9:08PM on 10/05/2010

Holy Banana's

That was banana's. Movie looks fantastic.
That was banana's. Movie looks fantastic.
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11:49PM on 10/05/2010
My eyes just popped out of my skull! OMG! Visual-orgy, yay!
My eyes just popped out of my skull! OMG! Visual-orgy, yay!
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12:38AM on 10/06/2010

Cool Visuals, Hot Girl, Tired story.

I love me some Shakespeare from Time to time, but it's all been done to death. This has a fantastic cast so maybe they can bring something new to it. I just get tired of all the shall's & forthwith type language. It just doesn't roll of the tongue in this day and age. Now to have been around when people actually spoke something like that would have been something. "Doctor Who" did a great episode where they go back & visit Shakespeare & that is what I imagine he was more like.
I love me some Shakespeare from Time to time, but it's all been done to death. This has a fantastic cast so maybe they can bring something new to it. I just get tired of all the shall's & forthwith type language. It just doesn't roll of the tongue in this day and age. Now to have been around when people actually spoke something like that would have been something. "Doctor Who" did a great episode where they go back & visit Shakespeare & that is what I imagine he was more like. Nevertheless he'd be a master no matter when or where he was born that is for sure.
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3:41AM on 10/06/2010
yeah even though he hardly ever wrote anything original..
yeah even though he hardly ever wrote anything original..
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7:17AM on 10/06/2010

Fantastic

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LOL
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8:06AM on 10/06/2010
This movie would scare the shit out of me if I dropped acid prior to heading to the theater.
This movie would scare the shit out of me if I dropped acid prior to heading to the theater.
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8:29AM on 10/06/2010
Definitely looks like a visual treat.
Definitely looks like a visual treat.
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9:15AM on 10/06/2010

Brand

How the fuck does Brand manage to "act like himself"...you mean British? cuz he only has 2 lines in the trailer...everyone always has to hate on someone! give it a rest and bitch about something that makes sense!
How the fuck does Brand manage to "act like himself"...you mean British? cuz he only has 2 lines in the trailer...everyone always has to hate on someone! give it a rest and bitch about something that makes sense!
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12:29PM on 10/06/2010
From the visionary director that brought us that gay Spiderman musical and the god-awful Across the Universe? No thanks. Ill pass. Ill admit that certain parts look kinda cool but I can definitely see parts that look terrible. Maybe i need to check out more of her stuff but Across the Universe was so devote of emotions. I didn't care about any of those characters at all.
From the visionary director that brought us that gay Spiderman musical and the god-awful Across the Universe? No thanks. Ill pass. Ill admit that certain parts look kinda cool but I can definitely see parts that look terrible. Maybe i need to check out more of her stuff but Across the Universe was so devote of emotions. I didn't care about any of those characters at all.
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12:52PM on 10/06/2010
Wow, this looks amazing. Very artistic.
Wow, this looks amazing. Very artistic.
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7:11PM on 10/07/2010

This looks amazing

This looks very well done. but after i was done watchin the trailer i asked myself out of every 3d movie released recently why would they not make this 3d all though it is refreshing that its not.
This looks very well done. but after i was done watchin the trailer i asked myself out of every 3d movie released recently why would they not make this 3d all though it is refreshing that its not.
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7:23PM on 10/07/2010

This looks amazing

This looks very well done. but after i was done watchin the trailer i asked myself out of every 3d movie released recently why would they not make this 3d all though it is refreshing that its not.
This looks very well done. but after i was done watchin the trailer i asked myself out of every 3d movie released recently why would they not make this 3d all though it is refreshing that its not.
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