Julie Taymor has taken Shakespeare’s The Tempest and given it a gender redo. USA Today has the first picture of Mirren and she looks great. The film was shot around Hawaii, and Mirren plays a woman who has “her whole life taken away from her because she was a woman.”
Taymor who has directed several films based on Shakespeare’s plays decided to give the play a gender redo because:
there are actresses like Helen Mirren who never get to play these fantastic parts because they were not written for women… We changed the role. It’s one of the few plays where it not only doesn’t hurt the play, but enhances the play.
I love Julie Taymor.
Disney will distribute the film in December. It is a left over from Miramax. I’m glad it will get a solid release.