First Look: ‘Macbeth’ Trailer with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Macbeth Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in ‘Macbeth’

The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for the latest gorgeous adaptation of Macbeth starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and adapted from Shakespeare’s play by Jacob Koskoff & Todd Louiso and Michael Lesslie, the cast also includes Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Discussing this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play, Iain Canning stated, “You’d end up making a very different film if you’re not using the rules of the verse and dialogue. Our challenge was to cut the play in the right ways, and bring together the right filmmaking team so that people would forget they were listening to something slightly unusual or classical.”

Macbeth star Michael Fassbender said they approached the language with ‘simplicity. “We never tried to work against the verse or just disregard it, but we kept things simple and tangible, and the idea Justin had from the beginning was to be a lot more intimate with the text than we’ve seen before, but always truthful. As with any script, you don’t set out to sabotage this tremendous writing but you work with it and ground yourself within it,” said Fassbender.

“You’re bringing the verse into the cinema, and there’s something about doing it to another person one-on-one as opposed to a live audience, and I think something happens when you have another actor opposite you and the camera is so close and intimate,” explained Kurzel. “You forget about projection and instead play to the intimacy.”

The Weinstein Company is opening Macbeth in select theaters on December 4, 2015.

The Plot:

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war torn Scottish landscape.

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