The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0589 Sunday, 12 October 2008
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2008
Subject: Mirren to Star in Tempest Film
Mirren to Star in Tempest Film
Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren has signed up to star in a big-screen
adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, according to reports.
Film trade magazine Hollywood Reporter said director Julie Taymor had changed
the gender of main character Prospero so Mirren could take the role.
Jeremy Irons, Djimon Hounsou, and Russell Brand are also due to appear in the
film, it added.
Shooting is likely to start in Hawaii in November.
Alfred Molina, Ben Whishaw and Felicity Jones have also taken parts in the movie
and Geoffrey Rush is in negotiations to join the cast, according to The
Shakespeare's castaway play mixes romance with fraternal politics and the
The movie version will centre around Prospera, her daughter Miranda (Jones) and
a shipwrecked crew full of Prospera's enemies.
The cast includes several Oscar-winning stars, including Mirren who collected
her Academy Award for The Queen in 2007.
Irons took home the best actor trophy for Reversal of Fortune and Rush got the
nod for Shine.
Hounsou won best supporting actor nominations for Blood Diamond and In America.
It is the second time Taymor has adapted a Shakespeare play for the big screen,
after turning Titus Andronicus into the 1999 film Titus, with Anthony Hopkins in
the lead role.
She previously directed a minimalist stage production of The Tempest, which was
filmed for public television in the US.
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