Michael Fassbender to play Macbeth

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Michael Fassbender is set to play Macbeth in a new movie adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play.

Michael Fassbender is set to star in a new adaptation of 'Macbeth'.

The actor will play the famous Shakespearean character in a new movie from See Saw Films, the production company behind his hit movie 'Shame' and the Oscar-winning 'The King's Speech', according to ScreenDaily.com.

'Snowtown' director Justin Kurzel is set to helm the picture based on a script from Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff.

The film will be a co-production between See Saw's Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and Film4, who previously collaborated on Steve McQueen's 'Shame', which earned Fassbender critical acclaim and a BAFTA nomination.

'Macbeth', often considered one of Shakespeare's darkest but best works, tells the story of a ruthless Scottish lord who overthrows the king with help from his scheming wife and three witches.

Casting for the other roles is under way and it's thought producers are eyeing a leading Hollywood actress for the iconic role of Lady Macbeth.

Fassbender's 'X-Men: First Class' co-star James McAvoy recently played Macbeth in a new West End production, which earned him an Olivier Award nomination.

The actor recently finished filming Terence Malik's untitled project co-starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale and 'Frank', which also comes from Film4.

He is currently filming the hotly anticipated 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', in which he reprises his role as the younger version of villain Magneto, while Sir Ian McKellen - who originated the part - will return to the franchise as his elder alter-ego.

Macbeth

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Justin Kurzel
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis
  • UK release: 2 October 2015

Australian director Kurzel significantly trims Shakespeare's drama, placing the emphasis on brutal, bloody conflict and primal energy. The cast is impressive but Fassbender's warrior king has all the fury and impact of Pacino in his prime; all in all, an adaptation of raw, haunting power.

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