Helen Mirren Turns The Tempest 

New DVD release

Director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida) takes on Shakespeare's final and perhaps most fantastical play. In this interpretation, Taymor switches up the gender of the lead character Prospero by casting Oscar-winner Helen Mirren in the role. Prospero has been cast out of the kingdom to a desolate island with her daughter, Miranda (Felicity Jones). Prospero uses sorcery to strand her betraying kinsman on the island so that she might return her daughter to her rightful place on the throne. The film's stars include Chris Cooper as Antonio and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban. Alfred Molina and Russell Brand also star as the well-meaning drunks Stephano and Trinculo.

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