Cymbeline (film)

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The film's poster with the title
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Almereyda
Produced by
Based on Cymbeline
by William Shakespeare
Music by
Cinematography Tim Orr
Edited by
  • John Scott Cook
  • Barbara Tulliver
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) (Venice Film Festival)
  • March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cymbeline[1] (released as Anarchy in the UK) is a 2014 American film version of the Shakespeare tragedy based on the play Cymbeline by William Shakespeare. The film is directed by Michael Almereyda and stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich and John Leguizamo.[2]


Based on the play Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, the story revolves around a war between dirty cops and a biker gang, and a drug kingpin who is driven to desperate measures.



On July 31, 2013, it was announced that Ethan Hawke was re-teaming with director Michael Almereyda to star in the adaptation of Cymbeline.[2] He would play Iachimo and production was set to start on August 19 in New York City.[3] Anthony Katagas and Michael Benaroya would be the producers of the film.[4] On August 5, it was announced that Ed Harris had signed to star opposite Hawke. He would play the role of King Cymbeline.[5] Penn Badgley joined the cast in the adaptation of Cymbeline to play the role of orphan Posthumus who secretly marries the daughter of King Cymbeline and is banished by the monarch who raised Posthumus as a son.[6]

On August 8, 2013, Milla Jovovich also joined the cast as a female lead;[7] she would play the role of Queen who schemes to move her own son from a previous marriage onto the throne at the expense of the orphan Posthumus and the King’s daughter.[8] More cast added on 12 August included Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson,[9] Yelchin would play Cloten, the son of the Queen by a former husband and Johnson would be playing the role of Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline from a previous marriage.[10]


Prior to the world premiere of the film, it was announced Lionsgate had acquired all distribution rights to the film.[11] The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 3, 2014.[12] The film then went to screen at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea on October 3, 2014.[13] For a short time, the film's U.S. title was Anarchy, but it was changed back to Cymbeline.[14] The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on March 13, 2015.[15]


  1. ^ Movieclips Trailers (February 25, 2015). "Cymbeline Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson Movie HD" – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ a b "Ethan Hawke To Reunite With ‘Hamlet’ Director For Modern-Day ‘Cymbeline’". 31 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ethan Hawke to Reteam With Michael Almereyda for 'Cymbeline'". 
  4. ^ "Ethan Hawke Starring in Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ Movie". 31 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ed Harris to Star Opposite Ethan Hawke in Film Adaption of Shakespeare 'Cymbeline'". The Hollywood Reporter. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Penn Badgley Added To Shakespeare Adaptation ‘Cymbeline’". 7 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Milla Jovovich Joins Cymbeline". 8 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "‘Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich Joins Shakespeare Modernization ‘Cymbeline’". 8 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Cymbeline' casts Anton Yelchin, Dakota Johnson". Digital Spy. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson Board Cymbeline". 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (September 2, 2014). "Ethan Hawke’s ‘Cymbeline’ Gets U.S. Distribution". 
  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (September 3, 2014). "Venice Film Review: ‘Cymbeline’". 
  13. ^ "Cymbeline Release Dates". 
  14. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin. "Watch: New Trailer For Fiery Shakespeare Tale ‘Anarchy’ (aka ‘Cymbeline’) With Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich & More - IndieWire". 
  15. ^ "Dakota Johnson gets Shakespearean in new 'Cymbeline' clip". March 11, 2015. 

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