Sir Micheal Caine set to star in a Sci Fi version of Henry V

Now I’ve never read Shakespeare’s Henry V and I’ve only seen one scene from the film starring Kenneth Braglong which I loved. The idea of a sci-fi take on the classic story intrigues me and to be honest if you stick in Micheal Caine and Ray Winstone you’ve pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to watch it.

According to the films website the cast also includes  Ray Winstone,  Vinnie Jones, Gerard Depardieu (GREEN and Derek Jacobi which all good with me (hey so long as Vinne Jones is playing a hard bloke with little to say we should be all good).

Anyway no word yet as to when filming starts but in the meantime here’s the premise.

In an age of apocalypse, in a land without a leader, a dissolute prince finds redemption when he crushes a rebellion that threatens to destroy his father’s kingdom. But upon assuming the throne himself, he immediately engineers a war against a neighboring state to slake his lust for power.

Despite his enemy possessing weaponry rendering their forces almost invincible, the newly crowned king seizes a glorious victory from the jaws of defeat by ruthlessness and cunning. But for all his wiles there’s one thing the young monarch has overlooked. Just as he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure victory, so is his enemy…

Oh and in case you’re interested this is the only clip of Henry V I’ve seen and I love it!

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: arclightfilmes


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  1. SnazzyO /

    Wow. Henry IV Pt 1 & Pt 2 were about making a King and the leadership he showed, especially at Agincourt. “Lust for Power” doesn’t really capture the spirit. So, I’m up for a sci-fi version but I’m seriously worried they missed the point of the play. Yes, Henry V DOES engineer the war to some extent but it’s more complicated than this synopsis implies.

    Henry V is a study in moral leadership — how Henry recognizes the personal cost of battle and yet fights on for what he believes a just cause. The night before Agincourt is a HUGE scene — I can’t imagine it even being in this movie. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” This is NOT about individual achievement but the leadership that achieved the greatness of a few. Yes part of it is stirring their blood with tough talk but that’s just a single element.

    Color me HIGHLY SKEPTICAL at this point.

    And yes, Kenneth Brannagh ROCKED the movie and understood the material well IMO. I still get chills as he gives the St Crispin’s Day speech.

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