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Ralph Fiennes Gets Shakespearean With 3 New Banners For 'Coriolanus'

by Simon Dang
December 12, 2011 10:42 AM
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In case you missed the first couple of memos, this isn't exactly your grandmother's Shakespeare.

Three new character banners have been unveiled by The Weinstein Company for Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut, a reimagining of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" which combines modern warfare (aided by the work of "The Hurt Locker" and "Green Zone" cinematographer Barry Ackroyd) and classic Shakespearean language, courtesy of a script by John Logan ("Gladiator").

As well as helming, Fiennes also plays the titular character in a strong cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt. Word had originally pegged the film as a potential Oscar wildcard, especially the performance of Redgrave as Coriolanus' mother Volumnia, though that seems a bit far off now. Our own review described the flick as a "an assured film from an actor who nonetheless clearly demonstrates he knows that it takes more than just the art of acting to create a work of cinematic art" -- a sentiment which seemingly comes across in these self-assured character banners.

The film is currently playing in limited release in New York and Los Angeles and will go into wide release on January 20th. [via FirstShowing]

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  • bobmorton | December 12, 2011 11:21 AMReply

    too bad most people will read "for your voices i have fought" in yoda's voice.

  • Travis Hopson | December 12, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    If it wasn't such a crowded field already I'd have considered nominating him for Best Director. Coriolanus is a remarkable film, powerful and meaningful, with a number of great performances. Even Gerard Butler is halfway decent. Better than in Machine Gun Preacher, anyway.

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