Fassbender Talks “Macbeth,” First Photos

The first photos are out of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s upcoming film adaptation of the famed Shakespeare play by See-Saw Films.

The Daily Mail visited the film’s set around Ely Cathedral, standing in for Dunsinane Castle, and spoke with Fassbender about how he intends to portray the Thane of Cawdor in this adaptation. The answer is quite interesting:

“He’s suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head.

This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with their bare hands, and driving a blade through bodies.

He’s having these hallucinations, and he needs to return to the violence to find some sort of clarity, or peace.”

Then there’s the fact that Macbeth had lost a child and the subsequent fracturing of his relationship with his wife, whom they refer to as Lady M here:

“He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning. Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence.”

That is partly why they murder Duncan, hoping this terrible deed will bring them together.

The plan is to make as authentic as possible a movie with extensive shooting around the Highlands. All the cast speak with Scottish accents except for Lady Macbeth, Cotillard’s French accent will be explained by her character having spent time in the French court.

An early 2015 UK release is planned.