Did you ever think Helen Mirren and Russel Brand would appear in the same film? Well, they are in film adaptation of dark yet beautiful The Tempest. Sorcery, treachery, and vengeance, what more can one asks for from director Julie Taymor. Also starring Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw, Felicity Jones, and Reeve Carney.
In Shakespeare’s fantastical thriller the magician Prospero orchestrates spirits, monsters, a grief-stricken king, a wise old councillor, two treacherous brothers and a storm at sea into a fantastical conspiracy bringing banishment, sorcery and shipwreck into the lives of two hapless lovers to stir and seal their fate. Here Prospero takes female form as Prospera (Helen Mirren), giving her journey of vengeance and self-discovery a wholly new resonance. As Prospera breaks her magical staff against an entrancing volcanic landscape at the end of her heroic quest, this poignant story of love and forgiveness translates into a riveting and filmic mystical tale, for our own times.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” – Prospero, The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148-158. The Tempest hits theaters on December 10th! Get more information at tempest-themovie.com