Mirren made a rousingly female-power-inspired speech at the premiere of Julie Taymor's The Tempest at the Venice Film Festival this past September.
"Women have been punished for being powerful for many centuries and I thought that was the remarkable thing about making Prospero into Prospera. You can bring in that history of female struggle. We can see now in the extreme fundamentalist states, whatever religion they are, that they want to exclude women from education."
Mirren is a feminized version of a powerful sorceror in this new film version of William Shakespeare's play. Check Mirren out as Prosper-a on Dec 10th in US theaters.