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The Tempest gets a trailer

The Tempest trailer

The first trailer for Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest has gone online, and it's a bit of a... storm, to say the least.

A visual onslaught, the trailer makes a series of insecure statements, as if the marketing department weren't sure how to sell ol' Shakey to the kids.

Well it turns out there's a new idiom in trailer cutting; when in doubt, add more Russell Brand...

Check out the trailer below;

Well, there you go. We can't fault the all-star cast, which includes Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming and Ben Whishaw, as well as Helen Mirren as gender-reversed lead 'Prospera'.

Even Brand seems ideal for the part of clownish Trinculo... there is just rather a lot of him here.

Taymor's previous screen foray into Shakespeare was the flawed, if occasionally brilliant, Titus , starring Anthony Hopkins.

Titus Andronicus is regarded as one of Shakespeare's lesser works, so we're interested to see what she does with what is arguably one of his finest.

Based on the trailer however, we have our doubts.