Milla Jovovich to go Shakespearean with Ethan Hawke in ‘Cymbeline’

Jovovich is set to play the Queen in the modern day adaption of the play. She joins previously announced stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley in Cymbeline, which is being produced by Killing Them Softly’s Anthony Katagas and Margin Call’s Michael Benaroya.

The film transfers the drama about love, jealousy and revenge from Roman-era Britian to 21st century America, where corrupt cops and a drug dealing biker gang square off in a squalid urban setting.

In the play, the Queen 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.

The press release says the film will be “In the vein of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and in the style of ‘Romeo + Juliet.'”

Cybeline is set to begin its principal photography on August 19 in New York City.