The very last line of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is, "Let your indulgence set me free."
If there's any contemporary artist that has truly embraced that last bit of dialogue from The Bard as their own philosophy, it's Julie Taymor. Julie could make a shot of a vanilla cupcake look like a piece of '60s psychedelia -- and you would love it.
Now, the director of "Across the Universe" and "Frida" is back with her second Shakespeare adaptation (following 1999's "Titus"). The magical and whimsical story (yeah, there isn't much actual conflict in the story, but who cares?) follows the exploits of the magician, Prospero, here reimagined as Prospera and played by Helen Mirren.
Apple premiered the trailer. Let it work its spell as an all-star cast romps about in iambic pentameter and the occasional free verse.
"The Tempest" opens Dec. 10, 2010.