Coriolanus set pictures reveal harsh film
Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Coriolanus starring himself and Gerard Butler, has had some photos released online along with a little insight into the production and just how hard hitting the film might end up being.
In one reveal about the behind the scenes production we discover that Fiennes has hired Serbian special forces soldiers to play themselves, some of which you can see in the photos and look damn scary as well as armed to the teeth.
Coriolanus is based on the story of the legendary Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, according to the Wikipedia entry, and is a bloodier and tougher tale than many might be used to from the famous playwright. It's a tale of tragedy, revenge, of battling tribes, politics and of the rising up of a man who will bring down everything around him if his vengeance is left to burn inside him.
Coriolanus has been filming around Belgrade using local actors and soldiers in the production, with Ralph Fiennes updating the story to modern times, and according to The Daily Mail report the film, at times, looks like the “end of an empire” with war time cinematography from Barry Ackroyd, the man who worked on The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review) and Green Zone.
While Fiennes is playing Coriolanus, Gerard Butler will play his rival Tullus Aufidius. Vanessa Redgrave plays his mother, Brian Cox plays senator Menenius with Jessica Chastain playing his wife, and other roles feature James Nesbitt and even news reporter Jon Snow and singer/actor Will Young who gets a small role. The more I hear about it the more I'm thinking it's on par with one of Kenneth Branagh's adaptations, and I'm a huge fan of his.
You can see the set photos over at The Daily Mail, I'm not going to reproduce them here as they have copyrights over all of them, suffice to say they do look great. This is definitely a film to watch out for.