Chris Cooper, Reeve Carney join 'Tempest'

Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons star in Shakespeare adaptation

Chris Cooper and rocker-turned-actor Reeve Carney have joined the cast of "The Tempest," Julie Taymor's gender-bending adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

Cooper will play Antonio, who usurps the Duchess of Milan, Prospera, played by Helen Mirren (in the play, the character was male). Carney plays Ferdinand, the son of the king of Naples (Jeremy Irons).

Production is set to start next week in Hawaii.

Carney is the lead vocalist and guitar player for his band, Carney. Taymor discovered him in New York when she went to see his band perform.

Carney and Cooper are repped by Paradigm. Carney is additionally repped by Das Communications.
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