The Tempest has always been one of my least favorite Shakespeare plays, mostly due to a lackluster Alabama Shakespeare adaptation circa 1994 that starred one of the most annoying Ariels ever.

Will that change with the release of Julie Taymore's adaptation, which hits theaters tomorrow? Helen Mirren as Prospero (known here as Prospera) points to yes. Ariel will be played by Ben Whishaw, who was amazing in Bright Star. And am I the only one who thinks that the Bard, were he  alive today, might be a fan of Russell Brand and would approve of his playing Trinculo?

Check out the trailer and let us know your opinion in the comments.

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