I love Julie Taymor. Even if I can’t get 100% behind her films, I can appreciate the woman’s talent and her passion and determination to make films her way – even if they fail. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of Accorss the Universe (did love the look of the film), I’m a big supporter of Titus so news that Taymor’s next will be another adaptation of Shakespeare is good news but even better news is the recent casting which is bound to raise a few eyebrows.
According to an article at Paste, Taymor wanted to cast Helen Mirren in the lead of her upcoming adaptation of The Tempest except that the lead is that of Prospero, a man. That hasn’t phased Taymor and the film will go ahead with Mirren playing the lead and costaring Jeremy Irons, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Ben Whishaw and Djimon Hounsou as truly inspired casting playing the role of Caliban.
There’s a mention of “Prospera” in the Paste article but I’m not sure if that’s simply a bit of a joke or a suggestion that Taymor will change the character into a female – something which would also be ballsy and which I wouldn’t put past Taymor.
If you’re a little rusty on your Shakespeare, The Tempest is a comedy featuring magic, deformed creatures and an unlikely romance. All of the plot details and machinations are laid out in great detail here. This is one of the last plays I read and it also happens to be one of my favourites. I can’t wait to see what Taymor puts together. If nothing else, it’s bound to be a feast for the eyes and with that cast, it’s also likely to be much more.