Ethan Hawke Starring in Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ Movie

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Shooting starting Aug. 19 in New York City

Ethan Hawke will star in Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaption of William Shakespeare’s play “Cymbeline,” with production starting Aug. 19 in New York City.

Producers are Anthony Katagas for Keep Your Head Productions and Michael Benaroya, who will fully finance through his banner Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs of Benaroya Pictures will exec produce.

International Film Trust, Benaroya’s foreign sales arm, will handle international rights.

The film will portray a battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. Shakespeare’s play centered on the daughter of the British king Cymbeline, who discovers she has secretly married a man raised in her father’s court, resulting in his banishment from the court.

“Cymbeline” will re-team Almereyda with Hawke more than a decade after their collaboration on “Hamlet” in 2000. Almereyda’s other credits include “Trance,” “New Orleans, Mon Amour” and “Nadja.”

Hawke recently starred in “The Purge” and “Before Midnight” and will be seen next in “The Getaway. He returns to the stage in November in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Macbeth,” directed by Jack O’Brien.

Benaroya’s credits include “Margin Call” and “Kill Your Darlings.” Katagas is a producer on “12 Years a Slave.”

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  1. dee says:

    its being filmed by my house lol

  2. When learned people complain that there are no good Shakespearean actors about any more ; some one will inevitably say , “What about Ethan Hawke ?”. Ethan Hawke indeed! What he and the plays of William Shakespeare have in common Is beyond my ability to comprehend.
    The most turgid and boring of actors ; even in his planned film of Cymbaline , the characters become druggies and low life ;in 2013 , isn`t this rather flat and tired ?
    He was sad and forgettable in Henry IV ;and he will inevitably be the saddest and most unforgettable of all the Macbeths coming up this season in New York .

    • Billy Shakeit! says:

      This concept is baffling to me considering the actual plot of this very interesting yet somewhat flawed play which is more like a fairy tale with sex and violence. I agree that their “Hamlet” was flat and boring but some of the supporting cast were excellent (tell those learned complainers that Liev Schreiber is one of the best classical actors of our time). I also really can’t see Hawke as “Macbeth”. However, credit where it’s due he was a surprisingly good Autolycus in Mendes’ recent “Winter’s Tale”.

    • Nesun Dorma says:

      I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! Hawke is such a mediocre actor and to ruin such a magnificent play by making it about biker gangs is just beyond horrid

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