Sweet Trailer…’Cymbeline’

Cymbeline HeaderIf you’re not into Shakespearean-styled films then this might not be your cup of tea. That said, the cast and this stylized trailer (Mad Max meets Macbeth?) should have naysayers clamoring to get their tickets. Cymbaline (which is based on William Shakespeare’s original text) unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. Again, check out that cast! Anyway, it looks intense so enjoy the first trailer for Cymbeline

King Cymbeline, leader of the Briton Motorcycle Club, clashes with the corrupt Roman Police while his radiant but disobedient daughter Imogen fends off assaults on her honor and her life. Cymbeline’s wife and her son aspire to take over the king’s empire, and Imogen’s marriage to Posthumus is undermined by sinister interference from Iachimo, a malevolent stranger. Shakespeare’s timeless themes are love and betrayal, revenge and forgiveness, death and renewal.

Michael Almereyda directs Cymbeline for Lionsgate. It stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton Yelchin. The film is making its premiere in Venice this week and Cymbeline should be in US theaters early to middle of next year.