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HBO Films presents director Kenneth Branagh's imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare's classic AS YOU LIKE IT, celebrating the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty, playful and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's celebrated courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile in the Forest of Arden - set in 19th-century Japan.
Marking Branagh's fifth Shakespearean screen adaptation, AS YOU LIKE IT features a cast that includes (in alphabetical order): Brian Blessed ("I, Claudius"), Romola Garai ("Vanity Fair"), Bryce Dallas Howard ("Spider-Man 3"), Kevin Kline (Oscar(r)-winner for "A Fish Called Wanda"), Adrian Lester ("Hustle"), Janet McTeer (HBO Films' upcoming "Five Days"), Alfred Molina ("The Da Vinci Code") and David Oyelowo (HBO Films' upcoming "Five Days"). The film debuts TUESDAY, AUG. 21 (9:00-11:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 25 (4:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:30 a.m., midnight), and Sept. 2 (10:45 a.m.), 6 (4:00 p.m.) and 11 (2:00 p.m.).
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 27 (9:30 a.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.).
HBO presents in association with BBC Films, A Shakespeare Film Company Production, AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare. Adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh; produced by Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund and Simon Moseley; director of photography, Roger Lanser, ACS; production designer, Tim Harvey; editor, Neil Farrell; music composed by Patrick Doyle; costume designer, Susannah Buxton; makeup and hair designer, Jenny Shircore; casting by Sarah Bird. HBO Films vice president Jenni Sherwood is the executive in charge of the production.
ABOUT THE STORY
Thanks to its timeless wit, romance and playfulness, "As You Like It" is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. For Kenneth Branagh, the idea of making a film version came to him while playing Touchstone, the court fool, in repertoire in the mid-'80s.
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