TIFF 2011: Films We Are Most Looking Forward To: Trailer for ‘Coriolanus’

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Shakespeare’s historical play Coriolanus has never before been adapted for the big screen, and for good reason. It’s one of the Bard’s longest plays and also one of his most complicated. In December, the Weinstein Co. will release Coriolanus in U.S. theatres hoping for more Oscar gold. But before than, the film, which is stars its director by Ralph Fiennes, will premiere at TIFF. The screenplay is written by Tony-winning playwright John Logan (Red) and places the action in a contemporary setting that is reminiscent of the Bosnian wars. The cast includes Gerard Butler as Aufidius, Coriolanus’ chief rival; Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, his mother; Brian Cox and Menenius, a politician; and Jessica Chastain as Virgilia, his wife. That alone is more than enough reason to place Coriolanus on my list of most anticipated films to see at this year Toronto International Film Festival. Here is the trailer. Enjoy!

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