We love it when Hollywood remakes a Shakespeare classic — sans teeny-bopper trappings. We're especially tickled by The Tempest's decision to gender-swap the magical "Prospera," so Helen Mirren could be cast. Check out a collection of new Tempest stills.
Here's the official synopsis.
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 Oscar winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen"). 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.
So basically it's like Lost with a richer dialog minus the polar bears. The Tempest will be in theaters December 17.