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Mirren is Tempting

Oct. 8, 2008by: Daniel Barna
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Julie Taymor--who is set to direct the film version of Shakespeares THE TEMPEST--is perhaps one of the most visually gifted directors working in Hollywood today, so the idea of her tackling one of Shakespeares most visually forward works is automatically exciting.

Already, the maverick director has put her own stamp on the piece, changing the main character from Prospero (male), into Prospera (female) so that regal thespian and all around badass Helen Mirren can take the role. Joining the Oscar winner will be a stellar cast that includes Djimon Hounsou as the deformed slave Caliban, Ben Wishaw as the airy spirit Ariel, Russell Brand as Trinculo the jester, Jeremy Irons, as Alonso, the King of Naples, and Alfred Molina as the drunken butler Stephano. Geoffrey is currently in negotiations to play Gonzalo, a royal adviser and old ally of Prospera's.

The film, which centers around Prospera, her daughter Miranda ( Felicity Jones) and a shipwrecked crew full of Prospera's enemies, is set to start shooting Next month in Hawaii. Since we've all grown up with Billy Shakespeare and can all sort of grasp what a standard production of one of his works might look and feel like, I think when adapting his stuff to the big screen, a unique, dynamic visual interpretation becomes paramount--something a la Baz Lurhman circa ROMEO AND JULIET. Franky, I think Taymor's got the goods.
Extra Tidbit: Julie Taymor's previous stab at Shakespeare was TITUS and it was stunning.
Source: THR

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12:28AM on 10/09/2008
You're comments don't seem to be aware that this would be the second time Taymor has adapted Shakespeare, having already done so with 'Titus', starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
You're comments don't seem to be aware that this would be the second time Taymor has adapted Shakespeare, having already done so with 'Titus', starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
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12:38AM on 10/09/2008

Tempest

You never actually give the name of the Shakespeare work that is being adapted in the blurb. I'll go ahead and assume The Tempest based on the title, but it also happens to be my favorite work of Shakespeare.

Can't expect everyone to be aware of that play though. It isn't his most well known by any means.

But I am excited to see my favorite Shakespeare work on the big screen.
You never actually give the name of the Shakespeare work that is being adapted in the blurb. I'll go ahead and assume The Tempest based on the title, but it also happens to be my favorite work of Shakespeare.

Can't expect everyone to be aware of that play though. It isn't his most well known by any means.

But I am excited to see my favorite Shakespeare work on the big screen.
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9:06AM on 10/09/2008

Taymor+Bard = messed up exciting!

While I'm still not sure who Geoffrey is (I'll assume Rush?) I am very happy to see Taymor returning to Shakespeare, after that fucked up version of Shakespeare's fucked up play "Titus Andronicus."

If it were any but Helen Mirren I might be put off mildly by Prospero changing to a woman, just cuz I felt he was the sort of guy who really couldn't empathize with his daughter's hormonal maturity.

The idea of sticking Russell Brand in a Shakespeare play is what excites me most, though. And
While I'm still not sure who Geoffrey is (I'll assume Rush?) I am very happy to see Taymor returning to Shakespeare, after that fucked up version of Shakespeare's fucked up play "Titus Andronicus."

If it were any but Helen Mirren I might be put off mildly by Prospero changing to a woman, just cuz I felt he was the sort of guy who really couldn't empathize with his daughter's hormonal maturity.

The idea of sticking Russell Brand in a Shakespeare play is what excites me most, though. And Hounsou is spot-on casting.
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11:26AM on 10/09/2008
I am thrilled that Taymor is doing another Shakes adaptation. Titus was visually and all around amazing.
I am thrilled that Taymor is doing another Shakes adaptation. Titus was visually and all around amazing.
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11:52AM on 10/09/2008
Sweetness. The Tempest has always been one of my favorites of Billy's works.

I may have to go home and watch "The Forbidden Planet" again.
Sweetness. The Tempest has always been one of my favorites of Billy's works.

I may have to go home and watch "The Forbidden Planet" again.
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12:21PM on 10/09/2008

if she offered...

i wouldnt hesitate

i dont have an old bird fetish but hellen mirren would be the one oldie

good look on the news
i wouldnt hesitate

i dont have an old bird fetish but hellen mirren would be the one oldie

good look on the news
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