In a joint article with other My Entertainment World website My Cinema, here is a preview photo from one of my most anticipated films of the year: Julie Taymour’s adapatation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Due out on December 10 (in the year of the play’s 400th anniversary) from Touchstone pictures, The Tempest stars Helen Mirren as a female version of the film’s hero, Prospero. Comedian Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming and Djimon Hounsou also star.

Taymour, who’s direction and design for the stage adaptation of The Lion King won her notoriety, praise and Tony Awards, is tackling her second major Shakespeare adaptation with The Tempest. The first is an iconic Titus that is at once brilliant and bizarre. The Tempest promises to be similarly enthralling.