Assume the port of Mars!

We're about to see Prospero become a woman in Julie Taymor's 'The Tempest,' and now some of William Shakespeare's iconic history plays are getting the science fiction treatment. The upcoming film 'Henry 5' will squeeze three substantial plays -- 'Henry IV, Part 1,' 'Henry IV, Part 2' and 'Henry V' into one feature-length battle extravaganza, and though a reference to Mars rests in 'Henry V,' this sci-fi tale will have a more homegrown feel.

Set in an apocalyptic landscape, the narrative twists are pretty cool, but the real story is in the machismo + serious acting skills casting. Sticking to some of the play's roots -- most notably the turmoil between England and France -- the roster is a who's who of masculine British and French talent: Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Vinnie Jones, Gerard Depardieu and Derek Jacobi.
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