LOOK at This Macbeth Trailer

MacbethI was excited about the prospect of this new Macbeth movie from the start – I love the play, and stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are both great. But this trailer has me BESIDE MYSELF with excitement. It’s visually gorgeous, and if it’s any indication of the tone of the movie, it will be dark and intense and gritty without seeming gimmicky or modern. (I mean, I know it’s not modernized, but sometimes with historical things trying to be “new” the tone can just be – off, and this doesn’t seem that way, so far.) And it’s still recognizably Shakespeare without coming across as a filmed stage production. Is it December 4th yet??

Shakespeare Casting: Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth + Cymbeline Updates

Marion CotillardDeadline reports that Marion Cotillard (Inception, Midnight in Paris) has joined the upcoming Macbeth movie as Lady Macbeth, opposite Michael Fassbender. (Natalie Portman was previously attached to the role.) The movie is set to start filming in the UK in January, and I’m pretty excited to see what they do with it. Any opinions on this casting?

In addition, Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) have been cast in the Cymbeline modernization that also stars Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris. It’s set for release on September 12, 2014.

Natalie Portman to Play Lady Macbeth

Natalie PortmanThis is . . . not what I expected, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t like it. According to a Screen Daily exclusive, actress Natalie Portman (Thor, Black Swan, Star Wars, etc.) is set to play Lady Macbeth in the Michael Fassbender adaptation I told you about yesterday. She’s maybe a little young, but she can certainly play smart, and crazy . . . I guess the question is whether she can play smart and crazy in that hypercompetent, domineering way required for this iconic role. Thoughts? Anyone you’d like to see cast in any of the other roles?

Your New Macbeth: Michael Fassbender

Michael FassbenderWell, THIS is exciting. According to a report in the Guardian, Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, X-Men) is set to play the title role in a new movie version of Macbeth. This take on the Scottish play will be directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders). No word on other casting yet, but this sounds promising . . . Who would you like to see play his Lady Macbeth?