17/08/2011 05:29 BST | Updated 16/10/2011 06:12 BST

Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave Star In Ralph Fiennes' Directing Debut 'Coriolanus' (VIDEO)

He's one of cinema's most celebrated villains as the indefatigable Lord Voldermort in the Harry Potter films. And he's enjoyed critical acclaim, too, with Oscar nominations for his work in Schindler's List and The English Patient.

Now, Ralph Fiennes has gone behind the camera to direct for the first time, and he's turned to a beloved Shakespearean epic classic -Coriolanus.

Fiennes will also star in the title role of the Roman general banished from his beloved city, who then allies with a sworn enemy to take revenge.

Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt and Brian Cox will also appear in the film, due in cinemas next January.

WATCH the first trailer for Corialanus here - full plot synopsis below:

The people of Rome are hungry - they cannot afford to eat. Riots are widespread. Their vitriol turns on Caius Martius (later to be Coriolanus), Rome's foremost general who despises the people.

Simultaneously, Rome is at war with the Volsces, a neighbouring state which is lead by Caius Martius's sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius. When Caius's outstanding courage secures the Volscian city of Corioles for Rome and the Volscians are defeated, Caius is newly named Coriolanus in honor of his victory. The people's anger subsides.

His mother Volumnia, who has instilled in him a strict martial code of honor, anticipates Coriolanus being elected 'Consul' - a ruling position in the Roman senate. In order to be voted Consul, Coriolanus must secure the people's support. However, the great warrior is loath to engage in the necessary glad-handing and political canvassing that he sees as artificial and contradictory of his personal code.

Under pressure he relents but with the minimum of civility. The Tribunes, the elected representatives of the people, persuade the masses that they should renege on their votes and refuse Coriolanus the office of Consul. Coriolanus is enraged and his vocal aggression leads to a major riot after which he is banished from Rome.

Alone now, he takes himself to the city of Antium, the Volscian capital, home to his enemy, Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius and offers either his life or his services against his parent city. Confronted by his greatest enemy, Tullus must decide whether to accept Coriolanus as his warrior in arms and seize the opportunity to defeat an Empire, or to destroy his life-long rival and try to take Rome alone, while in its most vulnerable state...