New Trailer and First Clip for Shakespearean Crime Thriller CYMBELINE


Update: A new trailer comes along with the new title for the movie we once called Cymbeline. A Shakespeare-inspired biker movie we now will have to call Anarchy. Not even trying to hide the fact they are trying to cash in on the “Sons of Anarchy ” crowd.

Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless play Cymbeline is one of few Shakespeare’s adaptations for the big screen that have involved machine guns even though he has been adapted in countless ways over the years.

Based on a tragedy that’s generally considered by scholars to be one of the Bard’s lesser-performed works, the story lifts from Shakes’ typical go-to themes: love, loss, revenge, betrayal, poisoning, bludgeoning, and of course, car chases.

Ethan Hawke – who previously starred in Almeida-directed Hamlet (2000) – leads an all-star cast which includes Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and Anton Yelchin.

This rather intense-looking drama in the vein of Sons of Anarchy follows “an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America.”

The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in spring 2015.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and clip below.

King Cymbeline, leader of the Briton Motorcycle Club, clashes with the corrupt Roman Police while his radiant but disobedient daughter Imogen fends off assaults on her honor and her life. Cymbeline’s wife and her son aspire to take over the king’s empire, and Imogen’s marriage to Posthumus is undermined by sinister interference from Iachimo, a malevolent stranger. Shakespeare’s timeless themes are love and betrayal, revenge and forgiveness, death and renewal.

Update: There’s a less action-oriented slant to this second trailer for Almereyda’s modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, but it doesn’t look bad. The film hits limited theaters and On Demand March 13.

Anarchy 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, Anarchy is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.