WATCH: Fires Burn and Cauldrons Bubble in the First “Macbeth” Trailer
“Life...is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.”
For over four-hundred years, Macbeth has been arguably Shakespeare’s most impactful work, and by virtue of that, one of his most oft-attempted productions—weird superstitions be damned. As far as film adaptations go, there have been notable versions from Orson Welles and Roman Polanski (the latter’s first film following Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson family), but nothing has stuck as truly definitive.
Attempting to change that is director Justin Kurzel, who has enlisted Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the titular roles of his very impressive-looking new adaptation of “the Scottish play.” We’ve already seen some intense stills from the production, and ahead of the December release (can you smell Oscar yet?), the first trailer is now here—a brooding and stark introduction to what is sure to be the most tastefully violent film of the fall.
Macbeth is out in limited release on December 4.