Anchor Bay has announced Ralph Fiennes‘ directorial debut film, Coriolanus, for Blu-Ray in May. The film stars Fiennes, as well as Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain and Brian Cox and is adapted from a William Shakespeare play.
Shakespeare plays are no stranger to Hollywood, with directors adapting his plays with a modern twist for years now. The latest film, Coriolanus, is Ralph Fiennes’ first film behind the lens (while also starring in front of it). The drama also stars Gerard Butler and Jessica Chastain, making the film an Oscar level production.
I’ve yet to see the film, but the trailer looks like the perfect dose of violence and grit, blended with Shakespeare’s usual tragic storytelling.
Our very own Amy Curtis had this to say about the film in her review.
Ralph Fiennes did what few have been able to do in the past; he made Shakespeare’s Coriolanus interesting. Fiennes gave this lesser known and somewhat dry play about ancient Roman warfare and fatal hubris a stylized treatment against a modern-times backdrop. The result is a gritty, violently charismatic pic that proves Fiennes has skills both in front of and behind the camera.
The Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack will be presented in 1080p with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The following special features have been confirmed:
- Commentary with Ralph Fiennes
- The Making of Coriolanus behind-the-scenes featurette
Coriolanus will be available to own on May 29th, 2012.