'Macbeth' movie adaptation will reportedly star Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman(Read article summary)
Michael Fassbender will reportedly take on the lead role while Natalie Portman will play his scheming wife in a new adaptation of 'Macbeth' directed by Justin Kurzel. 'Macbeth' could arrive in theaters in 2014 or 2015.
William Shakespeareâ€™s bloody tragedy Macbeth has been adapted countless times for both the stage and the screen â€“ the most recent cinematic example being Rupert Gooldâ€™s filmed version of his stage production, which starred Patrick Stewart in the title role. Another notable recent example is Geoffrey Wrightâ€™s modern-day Australian gangster reinterpretation of the story, in which Sam Worthington played an underboss who usurps the â€śthroneâ€ť of a Melbourne crime boss.
A new contender for the crown of Scotland is about to arrive, however, asÂ Michael Fassbender is reportedly attached to play the lead in a new adaptation of Macbeth, which will be directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) from a script by Toss Louiso and Jacob Koskoff.
Though there arenâ€™t any concrete details at the moment as to who will be playing Fassbenderâ€™s counterpart, Lady Macbeth, the ScreenDailyÂ article reports that â€śat least one Hollywood leading actressâ€ť is in talks for the role.
The film is being produced by See Saw Films, the production company behind Steve McQueenâ€™s sex addiction drama Shame, which also starred Fassbender in the lead role; they also did Tom Hooperâ€™s King George VI biopic The Kingâ€™s Speech, which won four Oscars and was nominated for eight more.
Fassbender is currently filmingÂ X-Men: Days of Future PastÂ and is also attached to play Thomas Wolfe in Max Perkinsâ€™ biopic,Â Genius. Rumors surrounding a possible reprisal of his role in Prometheus for Ridley Scottâ€™s sequel are also developing as the directorÂ casts his net outÂ for a new writer.
The actor has also started up his own production company, DMC Films, through which he will be producing and starring in an adaptation of popular video game franchise Assassinâ€™s Creed. News has gone a little quiet on this front since writer Michael Lesslie was brought on to write the screenplay a few months ago, and a lot is riding on Assassinâ€™s Creed getting off the ground and into production. The film will mark the feature debut of both DMC films and Ubisoft Motion Pictures â€“ and at a press junket last year, Fassbender said that managing to successfully produce something through his new company was part of the reason for taking time off acting:
â€śI really wanted to make DMC, my production company, really work as opposed to just an idea and youâ€™ve got to put a lot of time into that. So I really did focus energies in that, working with writers, finding the writers,Â and so now I go back to acting again.â€ť
Macbeth is expected to begin filming towards the end of this year, and the script is described as taking a â€śvisceralâ€ť approach, particularly to the battle scenes, making it potentially comparable to Ralph Fiennesâ€™ recent modern adaptation of Coriolanus. Fassbenderâ€™s involvement alone is enough to make this new version of a very old story worth watching, and apparently the script was sought after eagerly by several different sales outfits at Cannes before finally being picked up by See Saw and Film4.
H. Shaw-Williams blogs at Screen Rant.