Michael Caine cast in apocalyptic retelling of Shakespeare's Henry 5

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Micheal Caine has joined a large group of drama pros in a science fiction retelling of Henry V, set on the edge of the apocalypse.

Production Weekly's twitter alerted us to the existence of this strange apocalyptic Shakespearean story. First off, check out the talent attached to the film; Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), Ray Winstone (Gangs Of New York), Vinnie Jones (X-Men 2), Gerard Depardieu (Les Miserables), and Derek Jacobi (The 5th Element). Still no word on who is playing what, but this is like the Expendables of dramatic actors.

The next thing this movie had going for it is the insane synopsis (from the production company Darclight's website)

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...


So yes, color us interested. Presumably, this movie's coming out on St. Crispin's Day.