What would Shakespeare think of Prospera?!

What would Shakespeare think of Prospera?!
October 6, 2010 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

I kind of have mixed feelings about director Julie Taymor – her films are definitely visually stunning but none of them really impressed me except for Frida (Her biggest success was probably mounting The Lion King on Broadway which nabbed her a Tony Award) but I’m going to have to see her latest work – a film version of William Shakespeare‘s final play (and one of my personal favorites) The Tempest (believed to have been written way back around 1610!) The film uses Shakespeare’s original text but there’s one huge change – famed sorcerer Prospero is becoming sorceress Prospera – played by Dame Helen Mirren – four hundred years later, I wonder what Willy would think? Watch the newly released trailer below and look for it in theaters on December 10th! Popbytes over and out for now … xoxo!

In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller The Tempest, Academy Award-nominated Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida, Titus) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Helen Mirren. Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.