William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been one of the most adored (and much performed) plays, as well as giving us some of our favourite quotes still used today. Now a new version of the much lauded comedy is about to hit the big screen.
The latest adaptation, which brings together American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock and Lily Rabe, is set against a backdrop of Bohemian LA, with a walk in the woods. In the newly released trailer, thanks to EW, we see shots of the iconic LA palm trees and Echo Park Lake.
Watch the trailer below.
For those that aren’t avid followers of the Bard, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has four interconnected plots, all of which are linked to events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former Queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors who all end up being controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the nearby forest in which most of the play is set. There are many mix ups and mishaps over the course of the play, because the course of true love never did run smooth!
As well as Wittrock and Rabe, the film also stars Hamish Linklater, and Rachael Leigh Cook, with Avan Jogia as Puck, the narrator and quite a devilish fairy himself.
This is not the first film adaptation of the play, it follows on from a 1935 version featuring Olivia de Havilland in her breakout role, and then again a star-studded 1999 version which starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline among others.
The purists will note the trailer also shows one of the characters, one of the actors called Bottom, being transformed into a human backside. Traditionally productions have turned him into a man with a donkey’s head. While language and meaning changes, this would be because the word “ass” means donkey in traditional English, with the US English adopting the spelling to mean a bottom.
The poster, which was also revealed, also plays into the more contemporary Bohemian feel the filmmakers are going for, and they refer to their adaptation as a “fresh and stylish reinvention.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17 2017.