Tempest, The (film) The sorceress Prospera, unseated Duchess of Milan, has spent 12 years perfecting her magic to avenge the foul play done to her and her young daughter, Miranda. Her journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island while caring for her daughter and unleashing her powers against shipwrecked enemies. A Touchstone Picture/Miramax Film, released on December 10, 2010 in New York and Los Angeles, with a limited expansion on December 17. The premiere had been at the Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2010. Directed by Julie Taymor. Stars Helen Mirren (Prospera), Russell Brand (Trinculo), David Strathairn (King Alonso), Chris Cooper (Antonio), Alan Cumming (Sebastian), Ben Whishaw (Ariel), Reeve Carney (Prince Ferdinand), Felicity Jones (Miranda), Tom Conti (Gonzalo), Djimon Hounsou (Caliban). 110 min. Filmed in CinemaScope. The film is adapted from the William Shakespeare play, though the main character is changed from a man to a woman. It was nominated for an Oscar in costume design (Sandy Powell).