‘Anarchy’ adds grit to Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

The Bard’s work is being updated to a battle between bikers and corrupt cops …

So once again we are getting a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s work, this time of his less well known Cymbeline. The film, now having changed its title to Anarchy in a move which presumabley is to try to cash in on the popularity of Sons of Anarchy, is in the vein of Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet as it will retain the original dialogue but update the setting. Now a play about a King is about a leader of a dangerous biker gang (Ed Harris) waging war on corrupt cops. Frankly it doesn’t seem that inspired but… I guess I’ll hold my tongue until I see it.

The most promising thing about this is the cast which includes, alongside Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Paige Bradley, Milla Jovovich and John Leguizamo amongst others. I don’t want to say too much at this stage except that I’m interested in the concept but have reservations about what we have seen about the project so far.

Why not watch the trailer below and let me know what you think?

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4 comments

    1. Isn’t it just!

  1. Well this looks interesting, Sons of Anarchy meets Shakespeare.

    1. Haha yeah that’s exactly the vibe it’s giving off. I’m not 100% behind it though… it’ll be interesting to see how well it adapts the play.

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