The Tempest brings Shakespeare’s final masterpiece to the big screen, I caught up with Djimon Hounsou where we talked about his Director Julie Taymor, and stars Helen Mirren and Russell Brand.

The Tempest stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Djimon Hounsou and is directed by Julie Taymor.

Synopsis: In Julie Taymor’s version of ‘The Tempest,’ the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practising the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor’s version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

The Tempest hits UK cinemas 4th March 2011.