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Michael Caine and Ray Winstone take Shakespeare into sci-fi territory

If you thought there weren't many more different ways to tell familiar stories, then how about Shakespeare with a science fiction twist?

HENRY 5 is a futuristic take on the Bard's play "Henry V", about the British King's invasion of France. The project is currently gathering an intriguing group that includes Sir Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu, Derek Jacobi and... well, Vinnie Jones.

The movie will be directed by Michael Anderson (one of Ridley Scott's commercials crew, so the visuals should be impressive) and comes from Darclight Pictures. The synopsis: In an age of apocalypse, in a land without a leader, a dissolute prince finds redemption when he crushes a rebellion that threatens to destroy his father's kingdom. But upon assuming the throne himself, he immediately engineers a war against a neighboring state to slake his lust for power.

Despite his enemy possessing weaponry rendering their forces almost invincible, the newly crowned king seizes a glorious victory from the jaws of defeat by ruthlessness and cunning. But for all his wiles there's one thing the young monarch has overlooked. Just as he's prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure victory, so is his enemy...

This isn't the first time Shakespeare's material has traveled down the sci-fi path -- the classic FORBIDDEN PLANET was a variation of "The Tempest".

Extra Tidbit: Jacobi also appeared in Kenneth Branagh's acclaimed 1989 film version of the story.

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