Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard make a stunning team in this new screen version of Shakespeare’s MACBETH.
A new screen version of Shakespeare’s tragedy MACBETH could be something really stunning as it contains the completely dynamic screen pairing of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
He has given electric performances in movies such as the three he’s collaborated with director Steve McQueen on – Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave – as well as a very funny supporting turn in Inglourious Basterds and a memorably romantic one in Cary Fukunaga’s great version of Jane Eyre.
And she is quite simply the finest actress on screen today – sorry Ms Streep, for the moment your crown has been taken. Her luminous portrayals in everything from the Oscar-winning La Vie en Rose (as Edith Piaf), to Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, A Good Year, Public Enemies and of course Jacques Audiard’s masterly Rust and Bone and the Oscar-nominated Dardenne brothers’ superlative Two Days, One Night have made Cotillard a hit in my book.
Now Justin Kurzel, director of the well-received 2011 crime drama Snowtown, brings the two of them together as the Macbeths, a husband and wife whose ambition is their undoing. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival and with a top-notch supporting cast including Paddy Considine as Banquo, David Thewlis as Duncan, Sean Harris as Macduff and Elizabeth Debicki as Lady Macduff, I think we can expect fireworks.
Prepare to be stunned by the teaser trailer…