CORIOLANUS official poster and report from Empire’s BIG SCREEN event

One of the biggest movie event in the UK just wrapped up last week. My friends Scott Lawlor and Claire Packer were lucky enough to attend the festivities. Click on the link to their respective blogs to read their reports of the event.

Now, one of the panels was Lionsgate Studio, presenting a bunch of movies including Coriolanus. I asked Claire to give me a report on it and she kindly obliged. So here it is below:

From boxing brothers to the legendary Sigmund Freud, the films showcased at the Lionsgate panel at Empire Presents… BIG SCREEN were a very mixed bag. Held at the O2 in London, BIG SCREEN was a three-day event giving film fans the opportunity to see new films, meet the stars and take part in all manner of film-related things. During the event I had my picture taken with C-3PO and R2D2 as well as taking part in a Padawan training session!

But, back to Lionsgate. Included in the trailers and extended footage were Abduction, 50/50, A Dangerous Method, Warrior and Coriolanus. Starring three of my favourite actors, I am very much looking forward to A Dangerous Method. Viggo Mortensen takes on the role of Sigmund Freud while Michael Fassbender is Carl Jung. Keira Knightley plays Sabina, a young woman rumoured to be having an affair with Jung.

Before I put up the report for Coriolanus, first check out the newly-released official poster (literally just hours ago):

Whoa, I guess we definitely can expect tons of mano-a-mano scenes between these two intensely macho Brits… like this bloody knife fight perhaps? I must say I’m a bit nervous about all the gruesome violence that will no doubt fill this film… but I’m still looking forward to it nonetheless.

Ok, back to Claire’s report:

Coriolanus is one to look out for, too. Starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, it is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy. Three lengthy clips from the film were shown at BIG SCREEN. The first one showed some intense scenes of Fiennes – who takes on the titular role – and the army quelling a group of rioting civilians. The second clip showed Fiennes squaring up against his sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler). The final clip saw Fiennes receive the honour of the name ‘Coriolanus’. Among the assembled dignitaries are his mother (Vanessa Redgrave) and wife (Jessica Chastain).

Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia

What I failed to mention is that in each of the clips the characters were using Shakespeare’s original words – quite surreal considering it is set in modern day Rome. With this in mind, I would suggest reading up on what Coriolanus is about. I’m an English graduate but have always struggled with understanding Shakespeare!

Apart from the fact that Fiennes was in each one, each clip had something else in common: a sense of brooding and unease. To be honest, I’m not sure how easy it will be to watch – it does hold an R rating. The riot scene was very graphic and in the clip where he square up against Tullus, Fiennes’ shaven head was covered in blood – no doubt someone else’s.

With an all-star cast, Coriolanus is definitely one to keep your eye on. It’ll be out 2nd December 2011 in the USA and 20th January 2012 in the UK.

Report by Claire Packer – Follow Claire on Twitter


Well again thank you Claire for the awesome report! I can’t wait to see this even more now.

So what do you think of Coriolanus and the new poster? Share your thoughts below.

36 thoughts on “CORIOLANUS official poster and report from Empire’s BIG SCREEN event

    1. Intense trailer! Difficult dialogue worked for Clockwork Orange, Brick, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet and anything Benicio Del Toro said in The Usual Suspects… lol… so I’m not put off a bit.

      It has a great pedigree. Great cast, the DP from The Hurt Locker, an adaptation from the screenwriter who wrote Gladiator and The Last Samurai and the Weinstein’s are producing it. I noticed the brilliant but little known, Irish actor James Nesbitt (see Paul Greengrass’s utterly drepressing but so real you feel like you were there film Bloody Sunday) in the trailer. Looks like a winner even though it won’t play in Peoria.

      1. Yeah, Barry Aykroyd’s work is quite something and I think he’ll bring a lot to this film with his cinematography style. I think Fiennes’ invested in great talents for his film so I have high hopes for this. I didn’t know you live in Peoria… as in Italy?

        Oh, I fixed the trailer on that post, it keeps disappearing on me, aargh! Thanks for letting me know.

    2. Yeah, it’s probably not gonna be as ‘accessible’ to average moviegoers, but I’ve seen a few Shakespeare adaptations using the original language and it doesn’t bother me. I’d suggest people read on about this one before they go see it, unless they’re satisfied just seeing these two guys brutally fight each other. No words necessary for love and war right? 🙂

  1. Been seeing a lot of this in the blogosphere and had no idea of what it was about. I would be curious to see how this plays. I do not have a problem with the Shakespeare language but I imagine it could be a problem for some.

  2. Ted S.

    I do like the poster and I’ve always enjoyed films based on Shakespeare’s plays, I even enjoyed the McBeth film that came out in the 70s that produced by Playboy Studios. I’ll definitely check this one out in theater when it opens.

    1. Y’know what, Vince was just telling me about Macbeth the other day when he saw the Coriolanus trailer. I might check that out after I get through Branagh’s Hamlet.

      1. Ted S.

        Just a warning Ruth, it’s quite violent and bloody. It was directed by Roman Polanski, if you remember his wife was killed by the Manson family a couple of years before he the film. He decided he wanted to make a violent Shakespearean film and he chose McBeth.

  3. Lovely write up Claire, so much better than mine!! Such talent in one so young 😉

    Poster is good too.

    I am still quite excited about the film but I am concerned about trying to understand olde english. My little brain found the clips hard to cope with let alone 2 hours!!!

    Thanks for sharing Ruth and Claire

    1. Why thank you! 🙂 The still of Fiennes and Mirren is from the third clip we saw.

      If it wasn’t for Ruth, it could have slipped under my radar. Now, though, I’ve been paying a lot more attention! It will be worth a watch, I think.

    2. Scott, hey I’m w/ you about olde English. I’m watching Hamlet now but I have to have the caption on the entire time. It’s fascinating but I have to remind myself the detail about the play as it’s so easy to get lost. The performances are great though, amazing how many big actors are in it.

      Claire dahling… THANK YOU again for this report, very kind of you. Yes, it’s an awesome writeup but BOTH of you did a nice job summarizing the event for the poor folks who couldn’t go 😀 Glad you like what you saw, Claire, hope they’ll release the clips soon!

    1. The Tempest is tied with A Midsummer Night’s Dream as my favourite Shakespeare play… which is why I steered clear of the Helen Mirren/Russell Brand film! Not worth watching then, Novroz?

        1. I can understand Nov, I don’t know if I’ll like that either. So far I’m enjoying Hamlet (though my head is spinning a bit listening to those grandiose Shakespeare talk), but I have 2.5 hrs to go still 😀

  4. The poster is reminding me of something, but I’m not sure what…

    (it does look as if it could work as a poster for a battle between Caesar and Brutus, too, though. and now I want Ralph to do THAT next.)

  5. I’m a big fan of Shakespeare, but this is one of the lesser known plays for me. I read it once, a long time ago. Definitely keen to see this, though. I recently watched The Tempest with Helen Mirren and that was very good.

    I doubt you saw it, but Gerard Butler recently played in a charity soccer match over here. Achieved his boyhood dream of playing for Celtic. It was fun to watch, but he wasn’t quite up to par. 😉

    1. Hi Richard, how’ve you been? Yeah this is not as well known as the Bard’s other work, but I think that’s what appealed to Fiennes, plus he’s played this role on stage before.

      Oh yeah I heard about the soccer match, I saw a clip of him kicking the ball during warm up. Ahah, well of course he’s not a pro and this is for charity, he’s playing a role of a soccer coach in his next movie so it probably counts as research for him too. Were you actually there in the stadium?

      1. No, I watched it on TV. It was fun to see someone like him, who you would imagine has already achieved his dreams, actually find them in a completely different arena. Curious. 😉

        I’ve been good, but soooo busy. I don’t get out to my favourite blogs as much as I’d like these days, nor post on my own, so apologies for the long breaks between comments.

  6. I am getting more and more excited to see this one as time goes on! Thanks for this great report! I enjoy Shakespeare!

    speaking of…can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my fave…you know which one! 🙂

  7. I’m not familiar with this Shakespearan play, but since Ralph Fiennes & Gerard Butler are in it, I will definitely go see it. The use of Shakespeare’s words is not going to bother me. I just hope that Coriolanus is not as whiny as Hamlet. When I read Hamlet, all I kept thinking “Oh go kill your father’s murderer already.” Granted I was in high school when I read but I’ve tried to watch some Hamlet film adaptations and I still thought Hamlet was whiny. Plus, I do not watch a Ralph Fiennes film to see him whine. I go to see him for his intensity. He is seriously underrated as an actor and I hope this film will give him recognition that he deserves.

    1. HI Sherry, glad to hear. Funny you mentioned Hamlet as I’m in the middle of watching the Branagh’s 4-hr version. He does come across as whiny, I agree, but the movie is quite enjoyable so far. I think Coriolanus is more ruthless and vicious than whiny, have you seen the trailer yet? The way Brian Cox character said that he goes from ‘man to dragon’ just about sums it up. I too hope Fiennes get recognized come award season for this.

  8. Really looking forward to Coriolanus. You mentioned that it contains the original Shakespearian Dialog? That will definitely be interesting.

    1. Hi Max, have you seen the trailer yet? Yep it’ll be using Shakespearean dialog. So far the reaction have been mixed but glad you reacted positively.

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