International Trailer for Ralph Fiennes' Modern (and Violent) Adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus
08.11.11 by Ryan
The plays of William Shakespeare can be a little tricky to translate onscreen, and can seem a little too challenging for the average moviegoer. Revered actor Ralph Fiennes may have found a way past that in his directorial debut of Coriolanus.
Based on the life of the famed Roman leader, the movie follows Gaius Marcius Coriolanus (played by Fiennes) as he's banished from Rome, the city he once fought to protect, and strikes an accord with his enemy (Gerard Butler) to bring about the end of Rome.
The poster for Coriolanus depicts Fiennes' face seen in a machine gun, and the newly released international trailer — released to help promote the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival — reveals even more machine guns, explosions, and general warfare that makes the movie more in keeping with two of its contributors, screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker).
Here's the synopsis, followed by the trailer.
Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Butler) to take his revenge on the city.