October 22, 2009

William Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Shakespeare's tragedy will be adapted by screenwriter John Logan. Logan is best known for screenplays for films such as Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator and Sweeney Todd. This will be Ralph Fiennes first directing project and he'll also star.

"The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus and Aufidius march on Rome intending to destroy the city. Volumnia appeals to her son. He tries to reject her but eventually breaks. Aufidius, feeling bitterly betrayed, brutally murders Coriolanus."

Starring alongside Fiennes will be Gerard Butler (Phantom of The Opera), Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, The Debt), William Hurt (Mr. Brooks) and Vanessa Redgrave (Robin Hood). This will be a return for Butler, he's played Coriolanus is his early acting days.

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