If you watched Sons of Anarchy but sometimes thought, “Not enough Shakespeare,” then you’re in luck. Anarchy, the recently retitled film that was Cymbeline when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, is a modern-day take on the Bard’s play about jealousy, love, and betrayal in the titular British king’s court.
In the film, Ed Harris plays the king of a drug-dealing biker gang, and his daughter’s unsanctioned romance with one of his top soldiers sets off the powder-keg that leads to tragedy. Dakota Johnson and Penn Badgley play the young couple, Imogen and Posthumus, and Ethan Hawke—who’s updated Shakespeare before, with 2000’s Hamlet—plays Iachimo, the treacherous cad who bets Posthumus that he can seduce Imogen.
Written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), Anarchy opens in theaters and VOD on March 13.
Ethan Hawke as Iachimo: