Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, if nothing else, is going to be interesting—the actor will be helming as well as starring in Coriolanus, a modern-day update of Shakespeare’s play of the same the name. Barry Ackroyd, cinematographer for both The Hurt Locker and Green Zone, will be lensing the adaptation, which originally centered on “a Roman general who attacked Rome after being exiled from the city.”
The film co-stars Gerard Butler (which doesn’t exactly make the film suck but if history has taught us anything, doesn’t help), Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and Jessica Chastain and is set in war-torn Serbia. /Film describes the plot:
“Coriolanus is a tragedy about the Roman leader Gaius Martius Coriolanus (Fiennes), a brilliant general who faced a schism between the support of the Senate and the will of the plebians. Citizens are angry at Coriolanus for withholding grain, but he earns a title as hero of Rome after facing down an army led by Tullus Aufidius (Butler). Upon his return to Rome, the mother of Coriolanus (Redgrave) encourages him to take a more active role in city politics. But his enemies push him into a rage, he rails against the idea of the plebeians having power, and is banished as a traitor. Coriolanus makes a deal with Aufidius to take revenge on Rome.”
Got that? It’s sounds like somewhat of a gamble and updating Shakespeare has never been the surest of bets from the schlocky Romeo + Juliet to—God help us all—10 Things I Hate About You. That being said, Fiennes is a sharp actor, which hopefully makes his a great director.
He’s the first photos from the set of the film…
What do you think of Fiennes’ plans to update Shakespeare?