Ralph Fiennes to direct and star in Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes might have only just finished dusting himself off from work on Clash of the Titans , but it seems the star will be donning his sandals once again for Roman epic Coriolanus .

Adapted from Shakespeare’s historical tragedy of the same name, Fiennes will star as the eponymous General, who finds himself expelled from Rome when the public turn against him.

Not one to take such a slight lying down, Coriolanus soon joins forces with sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the Eternal City. And if Aufidius is even half as angry as 300 ’s Leonidas, the Romans should be very afraid indeed…

The film will be Fiennes’s first outing behind the camera, and he’s assembled quite the cast for his first attempt, with Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox adding gravitas to a stellar lineup.

Filming kicks off next week in Belgrade, with The Hurt Locker ’s Oscar-winning cinematographer Barry Ackroyd heading up the crew.