After recently premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, "Macbeth," starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, has unveiled the first trailer. Check it out below.
"Macbeth" is a new adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. It will retain the 11th century setting and the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King.
The new movie is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders). A US release date has yet to be announced.
Fassbender's great, more of the kind of actor who used to proliferate films decades ago, that Shame business aside, but I don't really see the purpose of this film.
There are already several Macbeth films, in addition to the various interpretations and literary re-renderings of the original work, a generic Shakespeare film isn't likely to carry Best Picture at the Oscars, and there's no audience demand.
He doesn't have to prove himself. He's already an accomplished and well-respected actor. And not why did he take the gig but why did someone greenlight this sh*t?
Sleuth1989writes: on June 5th, 2015 at 12:57:11 PM
I don't understand why it was made for film. I keep finding, the more I see interpretations, that Shakespeare should be mostly for the theater. Film versions are so condensed and, at times, very dumb down to fit a general audience. I love the story of Macbeth from the three witches to the irony of how he dies to Lady Macbeth's madness (If we're lucky, we'll get to see this beautiful French actress naked...this time with legs!). Really though besides that it seems silly to do this. I get Fassbender wants to show his merit outside of X-Men and the like three drama films he's been known for which are kind of silly (I'm still trying to figure out how "Shame" got made it seems like such a pointless story). I suppose it becomes almost a qualification nowadays for actors to attempt at least one Shakespeare adaptation. His work is always a test of complex and dramatic acting.