Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Stone) is set to star alongside Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley in writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaption of Shakespeare's timeless play Cymbeline produced by Anthony Katagas (12 Years a Slave, The Immigrant, Killing Them Softly) for Keep Your Head Productions and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Kill Your Darlings), who will fully finance the film through his banner Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs of Benaroya Pictures will executive produce the film, with International Film Trust (IFT), Benaroya's foreign sales arm, handling all international rights to the film.
Set to start principal photography on August 19, 2013 in New York City, Cymbeline unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. 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.
Playing the Queen, Milla Jovovich was most recently seen reprising her role as 'Alice' in the fifth installment of the Sony Screen Gems Resident Evil franchise. The films have become the longest running franchise with a female lead and have collectively brought in $915 million at the worldwide box office. Other film roles include The Fifth Element and Stone.