A deal has been struck that will yield Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand’s The Tragedy of Macbeth to Apple TV + after its theatrical run. As if that weren’t enough gold footage, Shakespeare’s adaptation is being directed by Oscar winner Joel Coen, with plans to release now The Tragedy of Macbeth theatrically worldwide in the fourth quarter by A24, before global launch on Apple TV +.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is likely to be an award-winner thanks to its hugely impressive creative pedigree both in front and behind the camera, giving Apple TV + a very prestigious title to add to their ever-expanding streaming catalog.
The latest feature film version of William Shakespeare’s beloved play is being adapted and directed by Joel Coen, this time flying solo and without his brother and frequent collaborator Ethan. This latest adaptation is set to play the acting powerhouse and Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington, as the titular Macbeth with fellow Academy Award winner and Nomadland starred Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth. McDormand has, of course, worked with the Coen Brothers multiple times before starring in their acclaimed crime thriller Fargo as well as the black comedy Burn after reading among other things.
Besides Denzel Washington and McDormand, The Tragedy of Macbeth plays in In Brugge ‘Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan, Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins as Macduff, The Legend of Buster Scruggs alum Harry Melling as Malcolm, ed The Queen’s Gambit starred Moses Ingram as Lady Macduff.
For those unfamiliar with the Bard’s story, Macbeth follows a Scottish lord who is convinced by three witches that his destiny is to become the king of Scotland. With the help of his dangerously ambitious wife, Macbeth goes to extremes and violent efforts to seize the crown and claim what he believes is his rightful place as king.
Frances McDormand, who recently won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Nomadland, has since revealed what makes Joel Coen’s adaptation of the classic piece different from any of his predecessors. “I think a really important aspect of Joel’s adaptation is that we don’t call it Macbeth. We call it The Tragedy of Macbeth, which I think is an important distinction,” she explained. In Joel’s adaptation we examine the age of the characters and our adaptation that the Macbeths are older. Both Denzel Washington and I are older than what is often cast as the Macbeths. We are postmenopausal, we are past childbearing age. ambition to have the crown under pressure. I think the main distinction is that it is their last shot at glory. “
Like the rest of the film world, The Tragedy of Macbeth has suffered some delay due to the ongoing global situation. Production was halted in March last year, to restart in July. The Tragedy of Macbeth was shot entirely in black and white and filmed entirely on sound stages to create a feeling that is “separate from reality”.
So again, The Tragedy of Macbeth will be released in theaters by A24, followed by global launch on Apple TV + later this year. This comes from Deadline.
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