Ethan Hawke is no stranger to Shakespearean interpretations onstage or onscreen, and he’s at it again with Cymbeline, re-teaming with his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda. Hawke starred as the eponymous character in that 2000 modern day interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Now, Hawke and Almereyda are going a little more obscure, and Ed Harris is playing the titular king. Almereyda’s reinterpretation places the story in the world of a biker gang, and has already drawn comparisons to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, what with all the gunfighting mixed in with iambic pentameter.
The play’s story is complicated, but also features a number of plot points that will be familiar to those who know Shakespeare’s more famous work: There’s a pair of star-crossed lovers (Imogen and Posthumus, played here by Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson and Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley), a seduction game, a girl disguised as a boy, ghosts, and even a drug that makes someone appear to be dead.