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The day before yesterday we reported that Michael Fassbender was set to lead a new screen adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. Now comes word that Natalie Portman has agreed to play the role of Lady Macbeth to Fassbender’s Lord. It seems that Portman has finally found another project to appear in opposite Fassbender after he has dropped out shortly before filming on Jane Got a Gun began (which Portman is also producing). Penned by Todd Louiso (Love Liza) and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), the script follows the original 11th Century setting of Shakespeare’s classic play. Snowtown director Justin Kurzel is set to helm...
- Nick Martin
Natalie Portman has signed on to star in the William Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth as Lady Macbeth. Just yesterday, we reported that Michael Fassbender will portray the title character, Lord Macbeth. Natalie Portman has long wanted to portray Lady Macbeth, previously considering joining stage versions of the story.
The screenplay was written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), which is one of the hottest scripts heading into the Cannes Film Festival next month. The script retains the original 11th Century setting of William Shakespeare's classic play, which follows a cunning Scottish Lord who seizes the throne of Great Britain, with the help of his wife and a trio of witches. The screenplay is said to take a more visceral approach to the battle scenes, while keeping most of the original dialogue intact.
It seems that after Michael Fassbender bailed on the troubled western "Jane Got A Gun," there were no hard feelings between himself and Natalie Portman, who is also producing that movie. They also paired up on Terrence Malick's forthcoming music scene movie (provided they don't get cut) and indeed, they're set to try working together again on a different project, one that will hopefully keep the drama in front of the camera, instead of behind it. Just one day after it was reported that Fassy was taking the title role in "Macbeth," Screen Daily reports that Portman will be his Lady Macbeth. Yeah, nice. This new adaptation of Shakespeare's legendary play was penned by Todd Louiso (the director behind "Love Liza" and "Hello I Must Be Going") and Jacob Koskoff (who co-penned "The Marc Pease Experience" with Louiso), and will keep the 11th century setting and original dialogue. However, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After tackling Magneto, a killer robot, and a sex-addicted New Yorker, Michael Fassbender has set his sights on his next challenge: "Macbeth." Fassbender will play the scheming nobleman for "Snowtown" director Justin Kurzel. The screenplay, by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, while supposedly a "visceral" new adaptation, will retain the original Shakespearean setting and dialogue. Louiso and Koskoff collaborated on the Paramount Vantage comedy "The Marc Pease Experience," which, despite starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman, was unceremoniously dumped into a handful of theaters while Vantage was being erased from the Paramount landscape. "Macbeth" will reunite "Shame" producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (who also produced Fassbender's upcoming comedic drama "Frank"). It's unclear when the adaptation will film, however, since Kurzel was recently attached to an adaptation of the John le Carre thriller "Our Kind of Traitor," which was supposed to go later this year. If you've never read "Macbeth, »
- Drew Taylor
After playing comic book villain Magneto, who is a bit Shakespearean in his own way, Michael Fassbender will be starring in an adaptation of one of the famous playwrights most well-known works. ScreenDaily reports Fassbender will reunite with Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for an adaptation of Macbeth from Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). The script comes from actor turned writer Tood Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (both of The Marc Pease Experience) and will be shopped around the Cannes Film Festival with an eye towards shooting the film sometime later this year. Read on! The film won't be heading into contemporary territory as with some recent Shakespearean projects, but will rather be set in the 11th century and in the original language. For those not familiar, the story follows a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. »
- Ethan Anderton
Everyone from Sam Worthington (really) to Orson Welles has taken on "Macbeth," and the Shakespeare play that dare not say its name has been adapted countless time for the stage, television and multiplex. Well, when it comes to the cinema, (quality) movie versions have been a bit fewer and farther between, so the news that Michael Fassbender might take the lead in "the Scottish play" certainly has our attention. The actor is attached to a new version of Shakespeare's work that will be directed by the fast rising "Snowtown" director, Justin Kurzel. Penned by Todd Louiso (the director behind "Love Liza" and "Hello I Must Be Going") and Jacob Koskoff (who co-penned "The Marc Pease Experience" with Louiso), the story will be the same, set in the 11th century, and will be presented in the original dialogue. However, this version will be more "visceral" and contain "significant battle scenes." And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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