By EW Staff
Updated December 01, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon

The Tempest

type
  • Stage

STARRING Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou
WRITTEN BY Julie Taymor
DIRECTED BY Julie Taymor

A few years ago, Helen Mirren met Julie Taymor, the director of Broadway’s The Lion King and movies like Across the Universe, at a cocktail party. Mirren mentioned that she’d always wanted to play Prospero, the vengeful (and usually male) sorcerer in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. A year later, Taymor called the star to say she’d secured financing for the project. ”I say, ‘Great, what theater are we doing it in?”’ recalls Mirren. ”And she says, ‘No, it’s a film.”’ Soon Mirren began memorizing the script. ”It’s not the kind of dialogue you could learn the week before the shoot,” she says. ”It took a month and a half working on it every day.”

The Tempest

type
  • Stage
director
  • Sam Mendes

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