Photo Updates to Coriolanus & The Expendables

Woot, woot! What have we got here? Back in early May, I posted some photos of the Ralph Fiennes’ modern-day Coriolanus adaptation with the cast on the set in Serbia. Well, thanks to, we’ve got some new stills from the movie.

Photos courtesy of

More stills available at the site

In the second pic, we have a glimpse of Brian Cox as Menenius, a slick politician (well, is there any other kind?) and Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia (Coriolanus’ mother). Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is back to familiar territory after winning some kudos for The Hurt Locker, that last photo is definitely reminiscent of that movie.

In early May, a writer of The Guardian was on the set to observe the shoot and interview the actor/director Fiennes. The article states that Coriolanus has been described as Shakespeare’s least sympathetic tragic hero. Banished from Rome, he turns renegade and joins with Aufidius to march on the city, and that fact is actually what draws him in. “I kind of like his unlikability,” Fiennes says. On Butler’s casting, Fiennes said he wanted an actor with physical charisma. Someone the audience would believe as a contender. “People need to think he can win. Is Aufidius going to beat the s*** out of Coriolanus?”

Judging from this on-set knife fight still below, looks like this is going to be one gritty and bloody adaptation… not to mention explosive!

Writer Andreas Wiseman also posted his on-set experience and experience in the 30Ninjas blog. Looks like they’re going to use the Shakesperean words/dialog a la Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Sweeeet!

Coriolanus: “I’ll fight with none but thee, for I do hate thee.”

Aufidius responds with equal disdain: “We hate alike.”

Speaking of gritty and bloody, not much else conjures up such thought than The Expendables. Most of you probably have seen the poster I posted here, and now we’ve got the one featuring the full main cast. Funny how they start with a bald dude and ends with a bald dude 🙂

In case you’re at all interested about the plot:

THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator.  Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal.  With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers. (per IMDb)

Looks like Sly pulls all the stops in the action stuff and the level of brute force one can jam into one movie. And if this photo of Jason Statham below is any indication, preposterous action sequences should be the order of the day!

How does one even get up ther … oh, never mind, just BRING. IT. ON!

The Expendables is out August 13.

11 thoughts on “Photo Updates to Coriolanus & The Expendables

  1. Coriolanus looks pretty bad ass so far. I was about to post the link in my weekly movie news post coming out at noon 😉 As for the Expendables, hell yea!!

    1. Yeah, it certainly looks quite promising! Oh cool Castor, glad you’re supporting this project, too. Can’t wait to see the trailer soon!

    1. I’ve started to read bits and pieces of the story, sounds like Coriolanus is a hero people love to hate. I might do the same before the movie comes out (looks like we at least have a year to prepare) 🙂

      Y’know I actually wrote a chapter in my suspended novel about Coriolanus’ stage production where my protagonist actually plays the title role. Can’t wait to see how the movie version pans out!

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  3. Marc

    OK well I’m here to throw some love at The Expendables…that’s just what I do. That is all:)

    You know Ruth, until now I wasn’t interested in Coriolanus, but after your post, I am on board. I guess I should know to like anything you’re interested in:P

    1. Hi Marc!

      Re: Expendables Well, I don’t expect anything less from you 🙂 Despite the kinda meh trailer, I’m still up to see this one.

      Yeah well, I like Ralph Fiennes and obviously I concur with his choice for adversary (ehm), so it simply cannot be out of my radar, he..he.. Glad I’ve won you over 🙂

  4. Mike B.

    Expendables is gonna have some SERIOUS competition at the box office. Just saw “The A Team” trailer – I’m sooooooo there. The movies do seem sort of alike. But hey, if they’re both good bonus …

    1. Well they’re released two months apart (A-team is out June 11) so they’re not direct competition. But yeah, the ensemble cast of mercenaries theme has been ubiquitous in Hollywood lately. There’s also The Losers that was released last month.

      The A-Team definitely looks like fun!

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