Here is the first UK trailer for Coriolanus, an updated adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name. Ralph Fiennes not only starred in the film, but he directed it as well, and he placed the story in a gritty contemporary modern technological setting. He also hired cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker) and cameraman Oliver Driscoli (Green Zone) to help get the gritty look for the film that you will see in the trailer below.
In the film, Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.
The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and James Nesbitt.
Coriolanus is scheduled to open in North America on December 2nd., 2011.
Should be a great project for Fiennes , don’t you think?