By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 5, 2011 at 8:19AM
So first we hit you with new looks at three upcoming Sony comedies we're looking forward to, well, here's a couple that if we end up catching them on cable late one night instead of in the theater, we won't be too broken up about it.
First up is "2012" director Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare-era thriller (no, really) "Anonymous." Starring Edward Hogg, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Rafe Spall, the film will dive into the mystery of whether the great playwright wrote all those works himself or whether something more nefarious was at hand. Can't you feel the drama in the pic above? The film opens on September 30th, synopsis below:
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
Meanwhile, Kevin James has traded in his mall cop uniform for a zookeeper outfit in the appropriately titled "The Zookeeper." Say what you will, but America loves Kevin James and the test screenings for this one went so well it was dropped right into a prime summer release date of July 8th. Here's the synopsis and check out those guest voices:
In Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship – animal style. The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb and features the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone.