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Kenneth Branagh plays the tormented Macbeth in his staged-version of the play.

Kenneth Branagh plays the tormented Macbeth in his staged-version of the play.

Macbeth is having its day in the sun. Kenneth Branagh has announced that his stage production of Macbeth, which played in New York’s Park Avenue Armory and at London’s National Theatre, is to be remounted and filmed, hopefully, with director Martin Scorsese capturing it for the big screen. Branagh tells Vanity Fair that “Everyone wants to do it, it’s just a question of schedules.” An intense trailer for the production can be seen on National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

While waiting for Sir Branagh’s Macbeth, The Weinstein Company has completed one of 2015’s most anticipated films—you guessed it, Macbeth. This £25 million version, which will premiere at Cannes Film Festival this May, is a classic interpretation of Shakespeare’s famed story. The film embraces Shakespeare’s verse and is set in the 11th century. Director Justin Kurzel has filmed Macbeth at the Isle of Skye and has located “Dunsinane Castle” at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. The film will compete for Cannes’ top prize, the Palm d’Or, for which Joel and Ethan Coen will chair the jury.

Michael Fassbender and French actress Marion Cotillard star as the murderous power couple.

Michael Fassbender and French actress Marion Cotillard star as the murderous power couple.

Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender and French actress Marion Cotillard star as the murderous couple. Cotillard told Variety, “It’s the first time I’ve played a character with no light, total darkness… when she loses control… I’m affected by the character I live with when I’m shooting, so I lost control of everything, like her, and it was really hard to handle.”

Fassbender told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that he doesn’t see Macbeth as evil. “I always have a problem with that word. It never gives me any information, or helps me in any way. I like to find a character’s motivation. I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged.”

Film director and writer Deborah Voorhees writes reviews, features, and a weekly column Bard in Multimedia that publishes each Monday and covers books, films, recordings, web content, videos, video games, radio, television, and all emerging mediums. Send press releases and comments multimedia@theshakespearestandard.com.

 

Author Deborah Voorhees

I am the writer and director of the indie film Billy Shakespeare, which asks, “What if Shakespeare never existed until now?” I also create music videos, shorts, and other feature films. I am in the editing room on a short from Othello and a film titled Catching Up. Prior to filmmaking, I covered arts and entertainment as a writer and editor for 16 years, mostly with The Dallas Morning News; I taught British Literature to AP and on-level seniors, Acting for Film at Eastern New Mexico State, and privately as a screenwriting coach. Currently, I am the Associate Editor for Multimedia at The Shakespeare Standard.

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