Anton Yelchin (Star Trek
) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street
) have officially joined the cast of the upcoming Cymbeline
opposite the previously-announced Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich.
A modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s timeless play, Cymbeline
hails from writer/director Michael Almereyda (Hamlet
) and producers Anthony Katagas (Killing Them Softly
) for Keep Your Head Productions and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call
), who will fully finance the film through his banner Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs of Benaroya Pictures will executive produce the film, with International Film Trust (IFT), Benaroya's foreign sales arm, handling all international rights to the film.
Set to start principal photography on August 19, 2013 in New York City, Cymbeline
unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. Said to be "in the vein of 'Sons of Anarchy' and in the style of Romeo + Juliet
offers a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.
Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in the last two Star Trek
films, will be playing Cloten, the son of the Queen (Jovovich) by a former husband and Johnson will play Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline (Harris) from a previous marriage.
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