The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0589  Sunday, 12 October 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.

Shipwrecked crew

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 
Hollywood Reporter.

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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