Must Watch: Mesmerizing Teaser Trailer for Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'

June 4, 2015
Source: YouTube


"This is the very painting of your fear." Whoa. This first teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth looks amazing, which is why it's a must watch. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, in this adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, from the filmmaker who brought us The Snowtown Murders. The film just had a successful premiere at Cannes and is now aiming for release in the fall, at least in the UK. The rest of the cast includes David Thewlis, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris & Paddy Considine. This has a very mesmerizing style that pulls you in, shot by DP Adam Arkapaw, and it seems like a very emotional but still gripping take on the story of the King of Scotland.

Here's the first official teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, from StudioCanal's YouTube:

Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (The Turning, The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso (Hello I Must Be Going, Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience), based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name. Set in the 11th century and using Shakespeare's original dialogue, the film follows General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender), whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king. Kurzel's Macbeth recently premiered as one of the films In-Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Weinstein Company will be releasing the film in the US. Kurzel's Macbeth opens in the UK this October, but still doesn't have a US release date yet.

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Looks stunning. Love the style, strong images, great cast. That last shot of his silhouette after the title is wicked.

NathanDewey on Jun 4, 2015


You can never go wrong with a good Shakespeare adaptation. And this one looks amazing.

Alex on Jun 4, 2015


Assassins creed is in good hands

Jon Odishaw on Jun 4, 2015


In terms of directing and cast so far for Assassin's Creed I will agree it is in good hands but am not sure about the writing department yet. On one hand you have two writers working on it credited for New York Minute, Accepted, Tower Heist, Exodus, and Transporter Refueled.

Jordan Odinson on Jun 4, 2015


yea that does sound pretty terrible

Jon Odishaw on Jun 4, 2015


you never know with writers the guy who wrote dawn of the planet of the apes also wrote Live Free and Die Hard and Total Recall reboot simon kinberg who wrote days of future past also wrote XXX:state Of A Union and Jumper sometimes they just need a good team behind them and good collaborators

HG2012 on Jun 5, 2015


So true. I just can't believe how lucky we are that the very same team is going to be responsible for Assassin's Creed film adaptation.

Stergios on Jun 4, 2015


On the top of everything said here, I must add: M. Fassbinder should've already won the goddamn Oscar

shiboleth on Jun 4, 2015


Not a Shakespeare fan, but I'll check this out.

Nielsen700 on Jun 4, 2015


Is it possible for Fassbender to win an Oscar off a trailer?

ragethorn on Jun 4, 2015



Xerxexx on Jun 4, 2015


I'm all in for any film that has Fassbender in it.

IamSlave on Jun 4, 2015


This is pure awesomeness. I wish I could watch it immediately. Michael and Marion is a match made in heaven and it's clear why their performances have received almost universal raves since the film debuted at Cannes last month. I hope to God they'll make it to The Oscars.

Stergios on Jun 4, 2015


Oscars? maybe, maybe not, but i do know that when Fassbender says 'O, full of scorpions is my mind' (1:15), he really does look like he's losing his. add him to Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine... a 'must watch' for sure.

son_et_lumiere on Jun 4, 2015


Shakespeare is a tough sell for The Oscars for sure, but at least I hope, really hope that when it comes to Fassbender's and Cotillard's turns, Academy members will recognize them at least through a nomination in Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively. And it's like you said, when Fassbenders says the unforgettable "Scorpions" line, he really does look like he's losing it. He was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Shame and Hunger as well. It seems to me he's more deserving of an Oscar nomination in this than in Steve Jobs, where he looks fantastic as well, judging by the teaser, though I haven't seen neither of the films.

Stergios on Jun 4, 2015


Absolutely fabulous. Incredible. That is all.

DAVIDPD on Jun 4, 2015



liyanc on Jun 5, 2015


Fassbender has the right amount of craziness in his eyes in this. I'll check it out. Hopefully this will erase every trace of Gibson's MacBeth. What do you guys think of the decision of doing a verbatim rendition of the play? In some movies they do this but leave out whole chapters so the narrative is easier to follow, like Coriolanus or Romeo + Juliet (guilty pleasure!).

Huck PS on Jun 5, 2015


Looks bonus. Should be funny to hear their accents

Carpola on Jun 5, 2015


Hot damn, this looks fantastic! And impressive how much atmosphere they managed to pack into less than 2 minutes... very good trailer. Looking forward to this.

Terry Craig on Jun 5, 2015


I wish they didnt do the shakespear dialogue

Trey on Jun 6, 2015


That's how people actually talked back then so even if they didn't use the exact dialogue, you realize it would still sound exactly the same as it does now, right?

steve on Jun 7, 2015


You can translate it it to a modern dialogue and still keeps its essence. Go watch episodes of Spartacus That Shakespeare dialogue gets annoying....

Trey on Jun 8, 2015


It's also Scottish, too. So, yeah………….

Mark Brackney on Jun 13, 2015

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