With an imminent start date, director Michael Almereyda is having to pull the cast together fast for his new take on Shakspeare’s Cymbeline. In the last week or so Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley have signed on, and now they’ve been joined by Milla Jovovich.
Set in the modern day but based on Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The original play told the story of Imogen, a princess whose father doesn’t approve of the man she has chosen to love. When her lover is banished and sent to fight in a war, Imogen dresses as a boy and leaves to go find him. The new take is described as being, ‘In the vein of Sons of Anarchy and in the style of Romeo + Juliet, Cymbeline is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.’
Milla Jovovich will apparently be the Queen, although there’s no news on exactly how she fits into the film – she could be the movie’s version of Imogen, but it’s more likely she’s her mother. Principal photography starts on August 19, 2013 in New York City.