The Tempest will be released in theatres (maybe sooner in New York City!).
I absolutely LOVE The Tempest. It was the first Shakespeare I ever saw - it was at the Globe Theatre on the campus of Odessa College, in Odessa, Texas. It was an field trip for our 8th grade Kaleidoscope class and I have never forgotten the experience - especially when Caliban jumped into the audience and practically in my lap.
I have been anticipating this movie since I heard Helen Mirren discuss it at Times Talks. She said that she and Julie said to each other that they should do The Tempest together - Helen thought it would be on the stage but time passed and she sort of forgot about it. Julie called her one day and said it was happening and she was surprised to learn that it was film.
The fabulous cast is Helen Mirren as Prospera (gender reassigning of this character is fine with me), Russell Brand as Trinculo, Alfred Molina as Stephano, Djimon Hounsou as Caliban, David Strathairn as Alonso, Chris Cooper as Antonio, Alan Cumming as Sebastian, Ben Whishaw as Ariel, Reeve Carney as Ferdinand, Felicity Jones as Miranda and Tom Conti as Gonzalo. Julie Taymor adapted the Bard's final play by writing the screenplay and is directing as well.