The ‘AHS’ Cast Goes Shakespearean For A New ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

And I have no idea what’s going on

In more Shakespeare news today, this year's annual Shakespeare film adaptation brings together American Horror Story alums Lily Rabe and Finn Wittrock. The Casey Wilder Mott-directed remake of A Midsummer Night's Dream seeks to reinterpret the story of lovers trapped in spirit-infested woods in modern-day Los Angeles. How that's done is an answer watching the trailer a handful of times will not yield.

What the trailer does show is a decidedly more bohemian vibe than the original's mystical, fairy-woodland one. It's hazy and saturated in enough color to match the drama. The infamous character of Bottom is, in this adaptation, a literal human posterior. What sort of midsummer night's dream is this? It looks more like the nightmarish D.A.R.E. you were warned about when you were a child. Regardless, it's compelling. Seeing Shakespearean language spoken amongst today's technology, wardrobe, and lifestyles is always a treat. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream will premiere June 17 during the Los Angeles Film Festival.