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Michael Fassbender To Play "Macbeth"

By Garth Franklin Monday April 29th 2013 07:44AM
Michael Fassbender To Play "Macbeth"

Michael Fassbender is attached to a new film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic "Macbeth" for See Saw Films ("Shame," "The King's Speech") and Film4.

Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff penned the script for this UK-Australian co-production which is expected to go on sale at the Cannes Film Festival.

This new version of 'the Scottish play' will be set in the 11th century and in the original language with Fassbender playing the ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord. It is said to be very "visceral" and will contain significant battle scenes.

The part of Lady Macbeth is currently being cast and talks are underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress.

"Snowtown" helmer Justin Kurzel is attached to direct the project which is targeting a shoot later this year. How this will affect Kurzel's commitment to the film adaptation of John Le Carre's "Our Kind of Traitor" is unknown right now.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman ("Hunger," "Shame") will produce.

Source: Screen Daily

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