Of all the plays penned by William Shakespeare, there is one so infamously dark that even speaking its name inside a theater is considered to be bad luck. Now Justin Kurzel, director of grim true-life drama Snowtown, is offering his own take on Macbeth in a new adaptation starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Lord Macbeth and Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) as Lady Macbeth.
Set in 11th century Scotland, the film tells the tale of the ambitious and ill-fated Macbeth as he receives a prophecy from three witches informing him that he will one day be king, and with the encouragement of his power-hungry wife decides to slay King Duncan (David Thewlis) and take the throne for himself. It isn't long, however, before the gruesome origins of Macbeth's reign start to take a psychological toll on the new king, and the rest of the witches' prophecy catches up with him.
Macbeth's production took place in various locations across England and Scotland, and the new international teaser trailer demonstrates that the cast will be using Scottish accents and Shakespeare's original lines. The cast also includes Sean Harris, Elizabeth DeBicki, Jack Reynor and Paddy Considine.
Macbeth debuted at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to a swathe of positive reviews that praised Kurzel's directing, the central cast, and the film's powerful cinematography. Kurzel, Fassbender and Cotillard will team up once again for Assassin's Creed, an adaptation of the historical science fiction video game series of the same name, which Fassbender is producing and starring in and is set to begin filming later this year.
Among the more famous movie adaptations of Macbeth are Roman Polanski's 1971 version, in which Jon Finch played the title role, and Orson Welles' 1948 film that starred Welles himself as the Thane of Cawdor. It's been quite a long time since either of those films came out, however, so there's plenty of room for Kurzel to make his mark with this new retelling of the story.
This is a very promising trailer featuring some striking shots and excellent period costumes from Oscar-winning designer Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina). Whether you love the play, love the cast, or just want an idea of what Assassin's Creed might look like, Macbeth definitely looks like it could be one of 2015's must-watch films.
Macbeth will open in UK theaters on October 2nd, 2015, but does not yet have a US release date.