Just days before its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, the first trailer and clip has been released from Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Ethan Hawke leads an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson in this story set against the backdrop of a deadly battle between crooked cops and and a drug-dealing biker gang. Take a look at the first footage, then read on for more details from Lionsgate's official press release.
Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film's producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions. The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), John Leguizamo (Chef), Penn Badgley (Margin Call, Easy A), Dakota Johnson (the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) will be distributed in spring 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Here's what producers Michael Benaroya and Anthony Katagas had to say in a statement.
"We have the highest confidence that Lionsgate and Grindstone will give Cymbeline the dedicated handling it deserves. We're deeply impressed with their enthusiasm and couldn't be happier that they have come on board to release the film in North America."
Grindstone partners Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb had this to say in their statements.
"We're thrilled to have acquired a visionary film with an amazing cast assembled by Michael Almereyda, and we're excited about partnering with Benaroya Pictures, whose track record of producing quality films speaks for itself."
Cymbeline is produced by Katagas (Academy Award-winning Best Picture 12 Years a Slave, The Immigrant, Killing Them Softly) for Keep Your Head Productions and Benaroya (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions' Margin Call, Kill Your Darlings), who is fully financing the film through his Benaroya Pictures banner. Ben Sachs of Benaroya executive produced the film along with Brooker, Wertlieb. Andrew Fierberg (That Awkward Moment, Hamlet) co-produced Cymbeline.
Cymbeline unfolds amidst an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. In the style of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Cymbeline is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.
CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers and Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb and Ryan Black on behalf of Grindstone.
International Film Trust is handling international rights to the film.