Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) join a cast which includes Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich in writer/director Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s timeless play Cymbeline produced by Anthony Katagas (12 Years A Slave, The Immigrant, Killing Them Softly) for Keep Your Head Productions and Michael Benaroya* (Margin Call, Kill Your Darlings, who will fully finance the film through his banner Benaroya Pictures. Ben Sachs of Benaroya Pictures will executive produce the film, with International Film Trust (IFT), Benaroya’s foreign sales arm, handling all international rights to the film.
Set to start principal photography on August 19, 2013 in New York City, CYMBELINE unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.
Yelchin, best known for his role as Chekov in the reboot of STAR TREK, will be playing Cloten, the son of the Queen (Jovovich) by a former husband and Johnson will play Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline (Harris) from a previous marriage.
*Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures develops, finances and produces theatrical feature films.
**Anthony Katagas has produced over 30 films in the last ten years and worked with a variety of innovative and Oscar-winning filmmakers, including Steve McQueen, Andrew Dominik, Paul Haggis, John Singleton, Wes Craven, James Gray, Vadim Pereiman, Lasse Hallstrom, Ben Younger, Nanette Burstein, Deny Arcand, Michael Almereyda and Sofia Coppola.
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