Ed Harris Joins Ethan Hawke for Film Adaptation of Cymbeline

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and Carey Purcell
05 Aug 2013

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
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Tony and Academy Award nominee Ed Harris will join Ethan Hawke for the new film adaptation of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, according to Deadline.com.

Harris (Precious Sons, Wrecks, "A Beautiful Mind," "The Hours") will play King Cymbeline in the film that sets Shakespeare's love story against the backdrop of an American war between corrupt policemen and drug-dealing bikers.

Michael Almereyda will direct and write the adaptation, which has been described as "Sons of Anarchy" meets "ROMEO + JULIET."

Hawke recently starred in the films "The Purge" and "Before Midnight." His stage work includes The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV and The Seagull. He will star in the upcoming Lincoln Center Theater revival of Macbethwhich begins Broadway previews Oct. 24 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. 

Michael Benaroya will produce "Cymbeline" for Benaroya Pictures, and Benaroya's Ben Sachs is executive producer on the film. Anthony Katagas, who also worked with Hawke and Almereyda on "Hamlet," will produce for Keep Your Head Productions.