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New shots of Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Coriolanus

06.01.2010

Here's a project we've heard practically nothing about so far. Ralph Fiennes is shooting a modern day remake of William Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS, and for his directorial debut, he’s recruited Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox to star alongside him.

The original play follows an exiled general's march on Rome, and as you can see from these photos from the set, Fiennes has thrust the film into present day, though how exactly the story conforms to the original remains to be seen. I can't really imagine a general serving in Iraq marching on Washington DC. I am kind of getting a Colonel Kurtz APOCALYPSE NOW kind of vibe though, which I like. 

Most of these shots are of Fiennes or Butler, who looks more badass than he has recently, though I don’t think he’ll ever be 300 ripped again.

Click on the photos to see more over at KinoGallery.

Extra Tidbit: Modern historians believe Coriolanus is more of a Roman tall tale than actual historical fact.
Source: Kinogallery

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4:59PM on 06/02/2010
Finally. I was starting to think that "300 Butler" had been ubducted by aliens and replaced by "RomCom Butler"
Finally. I was starting to think that "300 Butler" had been ubducted by aliens and replaced by "RomCom Butler"
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2:37PM on 06/02/2010
I bet Tassi's first action was to go on google and type in 'Coriolanus'...
I bet Tassi's first action was to go on google and type in 'Coriolanus'...
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8:23AM on 06/02/2010
Now THAT'S the Gerard Butler I wanna see!
Now THAT'S the Gerard Butler I wanna see!
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6:58AM on 06/02/2010
Coriolanus marches on Rome with a Right Said Fred clone army? You don't see that every day.
Coriolanus marches on Rome with a Right Said Fred clone army? You don't see that every day.
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4:42AM on 06/02/2010
The Beard is back!
The Beard is back!
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3:07AM on 06/02/2010
Looks good, as long as it's not in Olde English.
Looks good, as long as it's not in Olde English.
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3:43PM on 06/02/2010
'Olde English'? What does THAT even mean?
'Olde English'? What does THAT even mean?
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6:48PM on 06/01/2010

Nice

Reminds me of Ian McKellen's amazing performance in Richard III.
Reminds me of Ian McKellen's amazing performance in Richard III.
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6:45PM on 06/01/2010
This looks great. I'm a huge fan of Butler and Fiennes looks great in this as well. Can't wait for a trailer.
This looks great. I'm a huge fan of Butler and Fiennes looks great in this as well. Can't wait for a trailer.
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6:39PM on 06/01/2010
I can't WAIT to see this. Ralph Fiennes is one hell of a badass, and this latest juxtaposition of an old Shakespeare play to a modern setting - this time, with the whole wartime setting and look and everything - just looks really, really awesome.
I can't WAIT to see this. Ralph Fiennes is one hell of a badass, and this latest juxtaposition of an old Shakespeare play to a modern setting - this time, with the whole wartime setting and look and everything - just looks really, really awesome.
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6:25PM on 06/01/2010

Not what you think.

It's not uncommon to place Shakespeare productions on the stage in time and place settings that aren't particularly accurate to the original text. But, that does NOT mean they get "transported" to any particular place or situation (like Luhrman's ROMEO+JULIET); in other words Fiennes doesn't have to place this production in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere other than Italy. They're just in modern-day costume and locations.
It's not uncommon to place Shakespeare productions on the stage in time and place settings that aren't particularly accurate to the original text. But, that does NOT mean they get "transported" to any particular place or situation (like Luhrman's ROMEO+JULIET); in other words Fiennes doesn't have to place this production in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere other than Italy. They're just in modern-day costume and locations.
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5:16PM on 06/01/2010

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"I can't really imagine a general serving in Iraq marching on Washington DC."

That could make an interesting movie.
"I can't really imagine a general serving in Iraq marching on Washington DC."

That could make an interesting movie.
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3:13PM on 06/01/2010

Extra Tidbit no. 2:

90% of the movie was shot in Belgrade, Serbia.
90% of the movie was shot in Belgrade, Serbia.
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2:58PM on 06/01/2010

Awesome!

Love the look of it...way to go Ralph!
Love the look of it...way to go Ralph!
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2:22PM on 06/01/2010

"earn thissss"

thumbs crossed hoping that this lives up to these badass photos.
thumbs crossed hoping that this lives up to these badass photos.
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