It’s a film that has been done to death but that hasn’t stopped one half of the Coen Brothers, Joel Coen, from venturing out on his own to create a new version. A version which he has already lined up ‘Three Billboards’ Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to star.
Coen will direct from a script he has written, he will also produce the picture alongside Scott Rudin.
The Shakesperian film will see Washington play the leading role, the Scottish nobleman who is convinced by a trio of witches that he’s destined to become the king of Scotland. McDormand will play his ambitious wife who helps him in his quest to obtain the Scottish crown.
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The story of Macbeth was last adapted for the big screen in 2015 by Justin Kurzel, starring Michael Fassbender in the titular role, Marion Cotillard played Lady Macbeth. Despite critical acclaim, the film flopped at the box office only grossing $16 million worldwide against its production budget of $20 million.
McDormand won numerous awards including an Oscar and BAFTA for her role in 2017’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, She went on to be the voice of the narrator in Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ and the voice of the narrator/God in the TV series ‘Good Omens’. Her upcoming films include Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch; alongside Saoirse Ronan and Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’.
Washington was last seen in his first ever sequel ‘The Equalizer 2’. His next project to start filming is the thriller ‘Little Things’ before heading into production on ‘Macbeth’.