Another new clip for Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus has been released. This one takes place early in the film when Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus (Fiennes) and his arch-nemesis Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) encounter each other in the heat of battle. Yeah…heat…very hot…and this clip ends before they even get to the good stuff.
Fiennes and screenwriter John Logan have updated the setting of Shakespeare’s play to the 21st century, yet maintained the language and style. The play's themes of class conflict, pride, betrayal and revenge are all still very relevant.
The synopsis: The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a a revered and feared General and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia 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' anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.
Coriolanus, with Fiennes, Butler and Vanessa Redgrave (You know I love typing those names together. I’m going to do it every chance I get), Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt, opens wide January 20. Go see it!