Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) directs this latest adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Macbeth. Michael Fassbender plays Macbeth, a warrior who – driven by ambition after receiving a prophecy from three witches – murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Marion Cotillard plays his equally ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth, who becomes consumed with guilt and eventually driven mad.
Macbeth also stars David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, Paddy Considine, and David Hayman.
Variety‘s Guy Lodge reviewed the film after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, writing, “Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period. Though the Bard’s words are handled with care by an ideal ensemble, fronted by Michael Fassbender and a boldly cast Marion Cotillard, it’s [Kurzel]’s fervid sensory storytelling that makes this a Shakespeare pic for the ages — albeit one surely too savage for the classroom.”
Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war torn Scottish landscape.
Macbeth will open in theaters in the UK on October 2, 2015.