Thursday, May 26, 2011

Julie Taymor Dives Into "The Tempest"

From Touchstone and Miramax, "The Tempest", available on DVD and Blu-ray, September 13, 2011, is the comedy-drama, based on the play of the same name by author William Shakespeare, featuring Helen Mirren in the principal role of 'Prospera', David Strathairn as 'King Alonzo', Djimon Hounsou as 'Caliban' and Russell Brand as 'Trinculo', written/directed by Julie Taymor :

"...'Prospera', the duchess of Milan, is usurped by her brother 'Antonio' and is cast off on a raft with her daughter 'Miranda'. They survive, finding themselves stranded on an island where the beast 'Caliban' is the sole inhabitant. Prospera enslaves Caliban and claims the island.

"After 12 years, 'Alonso', the king of Naples, sails back to his kingdom from the marriage of his daughter to the prince of Tunisia, accompanied by his son 'Ferdinand' and Antonio. Prospera, apprehending her chance for revenge, causes a tempest, wrecking the ship and stranding those on board on her island..."

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