Denzel Washington to star in Macbeth, opposite Frances McDormand in the classic Shakespeare film adaptation for A24.
The iconic Shakespeare classic play is headed back to the big screen with these two mega stars attached to the project.
The first time it was adapted into a film was in 1948 by Orson Welles and it was done once more in 2015. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard had the 2015 roles Washington and Dormand will be tackling in this upcoming film.
Denzel Washington to star in Macbeth as a lord who’s convinced by a trio of witches that he’s destined to become the king of Scotland. He seeks to take the crown by any means necessary alongside his ambitious wife (McDormand).
Macbeth is expected to finish shooting before the year is over.
Originally read on Indie Wire:
Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington are teaming up for what is now one of the hottest projects in the industry: “Macbeth.” The latest screen adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play will be written and directed by Joel Coen. Thus making it a rare endeavor without his filmmaking brother Ethan. The project is being set up at A24 with the backing of producer Scott Rudin. Rudin has partnered with the studio before on Oscar-nominated hits like “Lady Bird.”
“Macbeth” was first adapted for the big screen in 1948 by Orson Welles. And was most recently done in 2015 with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. Justin Kurzel directed the 2015 adaptation. Coen’s take on the material will have Washington star as the Scottish lord. The lord who discovers in a prophecy from three witches that he’s to become the king of Scotland. Macbeth works with his quietly mischievous wife to assume the title.
Both McDormand and Washington are two-time Oscar winners. The former won Best Actress trophies for “Fargo” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The latter won Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” and Best Actor for “Training Day.” McDormand and Joel Coen have been married since 1984 and have worked together on many films. Those film are “Fargo,” “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Burning After Reading,” and Hail, Caesar!”
The plan is for Coen and the actors to finish shooting “Macbeth” by the end of the year.