The first poster for Julie Taymor’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Tempest has been released! You’re probably wondering what makes this Shakespearean based film any different from all the other interpretations we’ve seen. Well, for one the main character has been turned from a man to a woman, and is played by the super-talented Helen Mirren. Check out her and the rest of the cast in the full sized poster below…

Besides Mirren, The Tempest also stars Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand (yes, he’s in this too), Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw, and David Strathairn. The story centers on a sorceress (traditionally a sorcerer) who rules over a magical island and its shipwrecked captives.

Aesthetically this film looks amazing. Not only does Mirren exude dominance in her role, but Hounsou looks haunting – in a good way. He always manages to pop up in films that have real substance to them and The Tempest looks like it has just that. The film is scheduled to debut in theaters on December 10th and will make its world premiere during the closing night of the Venice Film Festival.

What do you think of the poster for The Tempest? Are you interested in seeing the film?

Source: Yahoo Movies