Henry V is probably the best of William Shakespeare’s dramas adapted for film, garnering for director and lead actor Kenneth Branagh two Oscar nominations. For the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s plays, Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men franchise, Prometheus, Jonah Hex) will take the crown as the title character in this year’s Studiocanal production of Macbeth. Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) will take on the prized role of Lady Macbeth.
From the first trailer released for the latest Macbeth, we can see plenty that may indicate this film is in the same league as Branagh’s film. Plenty of artistry in the cinematography and costumes, and indications that some real effort went into the battle scenes. And isn’t Fassbender a dead ringer for Richard Harris in Camelot?
Other familiar actors featured in the film include David Thewlis (Timeline, the Harry Potter franchise, RED 2, DragonHeart), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, The World’s End), Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), and David Hayman (Shetland, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).
Here’s the first trailer for director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth:
Look for Macbeth in theaters later this year, with a release date in October in the UK.