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Sons of Anarchy meets Shakespeare in the trailer for Cymbeline starring Ed Harris and Ethan Hawke

Nov. 29, 2013by:
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Fans of the FX biker series SONS OF ANARCHY are already fully aware that the series is heavily influenced by William Shakespeare's HAMLET. While that series deviates from the classic play in some ways, The Bard's immortal tale is front and center and works perfectly with the modernized setting. While contemporary re-tellings of Shakespeare have been happening since the invention of film, there are countless plays the general public are unfamiliar with that can use a fresh take.

The latest Shakespeare play to get the big screen update is CYMBELINE. Starring Ed Harris, Anton Yelchin, Penn Badgley, Milla Jovovich, Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo, and FIFTY SHADES OF GREY star Dakota Johnson, CYMBELINE is using a similar motorcycle club to SONS OF ANARCHY to sell a tale of crime and greed.

CYMBELINE unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. CYMBELINE is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge."

The trailer plays just like an iambic pentameter version of SONS OF ANARCHY which would be tiresome if not for the damn fine cast of actors in this project. I am definitely intrigued by this take on one of the few Shakespeare plays I am unfamiliar with. Like last year's Ralph Fiennes directed CORIOLANUS, CYMBELINE could end up being a nice addition to Shakespeare's filmed works.

CYMBELINE does not currently have a release date but expect to see it sometime in 2014.

Source: The Film Stage

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3:47PM on 11/29/2013
Looks like that Black Angels song is becoming the new hollywood fad for movie trailers this year.
Looks like that Black Angels song is becoming the new hollywood fad for movie trailers this year.
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4:07PM on 11/29/2013
After finding out it's directed by Michael Almereyda, I'm even more intrigued by this one. Really liked his Hamlet. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris are the other main draws here. The trailer though kind of skimps on Shakespearean dialogue, which might undersell the film a bit.
After finding out it's directed by Michael Almereyda, I'm even more intrigued by this one. Really liked his Hamlet. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris are the other main draws here. The trailer though kind of skimps on Shakespearean dialogue, which might undersell the film a bit.
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7:38PM on 11/29/2013

Following SOA's concept doesn't mean it will click with the same people

Hell, the clean, unpatched jackets this "Club" wears throw me off. pass...
Hell, the clean, unpatched jackets this "Club" wears throw me off. pass...
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9:04PM on 11/29/2013
It does look like a largely talented cast and the typography for the title logo is pretty cool, but they're gonna have to work hard to prove the contextual change to the world of biker clubs fits the original text.
It does look like a largely talented cast and the typography for the title logo is pretty cool, but they're gonna have to work hard to prove the contextual change to the world of biker clubs fits the original text.
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5:57AM on 11/30/2013

Beating a dead horse?

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