Michael Fassbender to Lead Justin Kurzel's Adaptation of 'Macbeth'

April 29, 2013
Source: ScreenDaily

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After playing comic book villain Magneto, who is a bit Shakespearean in his own way, Michael Fassbender will be starring in an adaptation of one of the famous playwrights most well-known works. ScreenDaily reports Fassbender will reunite with Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for an adaptation of Macbeth from Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). The script comes from actor turned writer Tood Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (both of The Marc Pease Experience) and will be shopped around the Cannes Film Festival with an eye towards shooting the film sometime later this year. Read on!

The film won't be heading into contemporary territory as with some recent Shakespearean projects, but will rather be set in the 11th century and in the original language. For those not familiar, the story follows a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. ScreenDaily calls the adaptation "visceral" and points out that it will include some significant battle scenes as well. It sounds like this project will now get off the ground before the adaptation of John Le Carre's thriller Our Kind of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor, which Kurzel is attached to direct. Thoughts?

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