Based on the Children’s book by Dr. Seuss, this adaptation comes out November 8th! Familiar names, such as Tracy Morgan, Diane Keaton, Adam DeVine, and Keegan-Michael Key, from Key and Peelewill be narrator.
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On a personal note, I never heard about this movie before the trailer out. It caught me completely off guard. So imagine my surprise last night when I see the trailer show up in my Youtube feed. Of course, since it stars Oscar-nominated Timothée Chalamet and he’s getting all the good movies, I checked it out.
Then I realized that this is based on a Shakespearean play. Doing some research, I realized this adaptation, written by Joel Edgerton and David Michôd, is based on three Shakespearean plays: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V.
I understand there might be a few of you out there who don’t know what these plays are about. Maybe you can’t stand the Shakespearean language, maybe you can’t stand reading plays and would rather watch them. Maybe you just don’t have time to check out three two-hour plays. Thus, I will be your Shakespearean scribe and give you the rundown on these plays.
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We got King Henry IV, who is, well, having some personal trouble. He feels guilty about the removal of King Richard II, his predecessor, and it troubles his conscience. In addition, he is increasingly at odds with the Percy family, who helped him to his throne, and Edmund Mortimer, the Earl of March and Richard II’s chosen heir.
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But his biggest problem is with his son, Hal. Prince Hal should be learning how to be a Prince, but would rather whore in a tavern than be King. Plus, his closest friend and drinking buddy is Sir John Falstaff. Fat, old, drunk, and a tad shady, Falstaff has enticed the young prince to live in the moment.
Then a civil war breaks out and is spearheaded by the Percy family. Their star prince-to-be is Hotspur. Perfect in every way, he’s also the opposite of Hal in every way.
Thus, Hal is called out for the war effort; he is the Prince after all. He leaves Falstaff and the tavern and, after some time, steps up and not only kills Hotspur, but displays his kingly mercy when he orders his enemy, the valiant Douglas, to be set free.
But when Hal comes home, he returns to his old ways with Falstaff back at the tavern. But things are the way they should be, because the war hasn’t stopped. Now the king’s forces must deal with the Archbishop of York, who has joined with Northumberland, and with the forces of Mortimer and Glendower.
Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court, Shakespeare shows tension on all sides. There’s a new rebellion within the State, and Falstaff is against the maturing of Prince Hal. It’s both a drama and a comedy at the same time, utilizing both of Shakespeare’s strengths.
Prince Hal is pulled towards the regal court and Falstaff tries to prevent him from becoming king during his time in the tavern. He doesn’t want Hal to be killed, he’s not even a patriotic member of the rebellion, he just wants his friend back.
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When the two storylines finally meet, Prince Hal has learned that his dad is dying and he must choose between a ruler’s solemn duty and his friend. What’s going to happen?
Prince Hal banishes Falstaff. When his dad dies, Prince Hal takes the crown and becomes, finally, King Henry IV. But before he dies, dad gives Hal some advice: War makes people patriotic.
Thus, Henry IV decides to declare war to solidify his rule and make people love him…
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Henry IV wants to declare war and he is ‘persuaded’ that via his ancestry, he is the rightful heir to the French throne. He demands this to happen, but the French Dauphin, son of King Charles VI, answers Henry’s claims with an insulting gift of, “tennis balls, my liege.”
Henry IV, well, he goes full tyrant-hero. He slaughters the spies in his inner circle, gets an enemy to surrender thanks to a rousing speech, kills a friend from his youth to make a point in a publicity stunt, rallies his soldiers, disguises himself to spy on his soldiers so he can rally them even on the day right before the battle, murders his enemies, and gets a wife in exchange for peace.
Having won everything he ever wanted, he dies and gives the throne to his son. Also Falstaff dies off-screen.
Of course the story goes on from here, in fact Henry IV Part 1 is the second play in Shakespeare’s dramatization of War of the Roses (the ongoing conflict that The Song of Ice and Fire is based on).
It’s a lot of play and, when properly staged, these three plays back-to-back can easily run six hours. Thus, to make all of them into one movie they’d have to be cut down unless you want to have The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The source material has to be cut, and reportedly The King will have a run-time of two hours and thirteen minutes.
Right now we know this:
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Timothée Chalamet will portray King Henry V.
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Joel Edgerton will portray Falstaff.
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Robert Pattinson will portray The Dauphin.
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Ben Mendelsohn will portray King Henry IV.
What will they keep? What will they cut?
To know for sure, we’ll have to check out the movie either during its limited release on October 2019 or when it’s released on Netflix November 1st. Could this movie be the next Roma? Is it an Oscar contender?
Maybe because, let’s face it, this trailer makes the movie look pretty great.
In the meantime we can also watch this video Timothée Chalamet did in high school.
On Christmas of this year Greta Gerwig‘s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Womenwill premiere in theaters everywhere (hopefully it’ll go over a little more smoothly than the March’s first Christmas without their father), and with the trailer that dropped this week book lovers world wide are getting pretty hype.
The film features a star studded cast, and two popular actors that Gerwig has worked with before. Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan both gained traction last year when they acted in Gerwig’s Lady bird, and the director is excited to have the pair unite once again.
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Ronan plays Jo March, a tomboy writer, and Chalamet plays her love interest Laurie. In an interview by Entertainment Weekly Gerwig said:
“I just adore them. They are just spectacular as live actors, and there is some true pairing between them that feels like it’s in the tradition of great cinematic pairing. I don’t know what they do – I mean it’s magic. I direct them but it’s all there.”
Playing the role of Meg March, Jo’s sister who thirsts for a life in high society, is Emma Watson. Gerwig also told Entertainment Weekly that she was the perfect actress for the role.
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“To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were. She’s just smart. She’s on multi-government organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can. For me personally, Meg March is a character that is long misunderstood. In terms of what [Watson] did with the character, she has so much open-heartedness andso much love combined with that much intelligence, it’s heartbreaking and potent. Because she’s absolutely herself with understanding the struggle of who that character is.”
Gerwig also stated that Watson “would always bring so much to the conversation,” going above and beyond her role as an actress. Watson did a lot of emotional work to fully become the character of Meg.
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Laura Dern used a similar method, fully diving into her role as Marmee March. Marmee is the girl’s mother, and offers them advice and guidance throughout the novel. Gerwig stated:
“Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”
One of the most exciting choices made was casting Meryl Streep as the waspy Aunt March. According to Gerwig, Streep auditioned for the role out the love she had for the novel as a young girl.
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“She said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ Anything I say about Meryl is superfluous, all the adjectives I have don’t touch it.”
It’s good to know that even accomplished directors can’t help but fangirl over Meryl Streep. I guess that’s just part of the human condition.
If you’ve been counting down the days to Christmas not for Santa but for the latest Little Women adaptation, Vanity Fair has brought it to you early! Who said you can’t have a piece of Christmas joy in June, anyway? With exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes shoots, you can get your first look at Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.
Since Ladybird took everyone by storm with stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, everyone has been asking what Gerwig would do to follow up that masterpiece. Well, she is once again taking Ronan and Chalamet on her journey into Louisa May Alcott’s 19th Century novel, Little Women as Jo and Laurie. Joining them are Emma Watson (Meg), Meryl Streep (Aunt Josephine), Laura Dern (Marmee), Eliza Scanlan (Beth), and Florence Pugh (Amy).
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If you’re rolling your eyes and asking yourself if we need another 19th century take on the world, don’t fret. Gerwig, though keeping the adaption true to Alcott’s work, will be adding in modern twists. According to IndieWire, Gerwig is committed to shooting scenes in Massachusetts, not far from where the Alcott family lived, including scenes at the schoolhouse where her father taught.
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One major aspect that Gerwig is diving into is the relationship between Jo, a girl with a traditional boy’s name, and Laurie, a boy with a traditional girl’s name. According to Gerwig, “In some ways the two are each other’s twin.” To heighten that relationship, she worked closely with the costume’s department. Throughout the film the two will swap pieces of clothing or accessories. Gerwig explains:
They find each other before they’ve committed to a gender. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.
Seeing how Gerwig plans to approach this relationship, it makes me excited to think of all the other themes she will be modernizing in the film. If you’ve seen Ladybird, you know Gerwig has an eye for detail, an amazing one at that. Christmas can’t come soon enough.