Ralph Fiennes Headlines Trevor Nunn's THE TEMPEST

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The Daily Mail reports that Ralph Fiennes, the actor perhaps most widely known for his turn as the evil wizard Voldemort in the popular Harry Potter film series, won't be giving up sorcery anytime soon: he's set to take on the role of Prospero in Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST this August.

Fiennes' 2006 performance in the play Faith Healer gained him a nomination for a 2007 Tony Award. In 2008, Fiennes worked with frequent collaborator director Jonathan Kent to play the title role in Sophocles's Oedipus the King at the National Theatre in London. He has appeared in films such as The English Patient, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days and Maid in Manhattan. He is also well known for his portrayals of three infamous villains: Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler's List, serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in the 2002 film Red Dragon, and Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film series. Most recently, he appeared in The Reader (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009) and as Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010).

Fiennes has been contracted for ten weeks, beginning August 27 at the Haymarket Theatre. Additional casting announcements are expected to follow shortly.

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