Over the years Ralph Fiennes has worked with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Stephen Daldry and Kathryn Bigelow, so there’s no wonder the actor got an urge to direct himself.
Last March Fiennes begin shooting his directorial debut Coriolanus, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s play which was written between 1605 and 1608, and is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.
For a first time director Fiennes has managed to pull together an impressive cast, which includes Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt. Now the first UK trailer has appeared online, and it looks intense.
Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes), a hero of Rome, is a great soldier but despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot and he is banished from Rome. Coriolanus allies with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city. As director and star, Ralph Fiennes brings William Shakespeare’s visceral history play to the big screen for the first time. Coriolanus is a drama for the ages, a commentary on the precarious draw of war and an auspicious directorial debut from one of the world’s great classical actors.
Coriolanus opens in the US on December 2nd and in the UK on January 20, 2012. It has an Oscar-friendly release, so we could see an awards push from The Weinstein Company.