The new adaptation of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as the all-important Lady Macbeth, is set to premiere at Cannes tomorrow. Ahead of that, two film clips have been released, showcasing a definite grasp of style. While there is almost no dialogue, definitely none of the iconic lines from Shakespeare’s play, this new Macbeth seems to have a good handle on the tone it is going for judging by these two brief glimpses.
Here is the first Macbeth clip:
And the second:
Before I see anything else, just the thought of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the lead roles feels absolutely perfect. Fassbender can display internal struggle just about as well as any actor in history, and it will be a thrill to see Cotillard’s dark side as the manipulative Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth, along with King Lear, is my favorite Shakespeare play. The Roman Polanski adaptation of Macbeth is a quality telling of a story steeped in macabre imagery, horror, psychological torture, and plenty of action. It was time for a new remake, however, and director Justin Kurzel, who’s Snowtown Murders is an excellent Australian thriller, looks to have a handle on the story he is trying to tell here.
While their is no U.S. release date for Macbeth yet, expect that to change shortly after it’s Cannes premier this weekend.