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Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman to star in a new version of MacBeth with added battle sequences

Apr. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Despite almost working together on JANE'S GOT A GUN, Natalie Portman has found another project to appear in opposite Michael Fassbender. According to Screen Daily, the two will play the title characters in a new version of William Shakespeare's MACBETH. Portman will play Lady to Fassbender's Lord in what I can only describe as awesome casting.

This new version of the play will be directed by Justin Kurzel (SNOWTOWN) from a screenplay by writers Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff. The play will retain the original language but will be updated to include several battle sequences. The film is scheduled to shoot later this year.

Here is a synopsis of MACBETH (Spoiler Warning!):

Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself.

Fassbender will do an awesome job as the title character, displaying the range he has shown in SHAME and hopefully will get the recognition he rightfully deserves here. As for Portman, if she goes all out for the part of Lady MacBeth, she could very well be in contention for another Oscar. Hopefully we get some nice supporting actors to round out the cast. Kenneth Branagh, anyone?

Source: Screen Daily

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12:18PM on 05/02/2013

Fassbender is one of the best

I didn't know who he was til i saw X-Men first class and he blew me away. One of best portraits of Magneto. It's hard to decide who was better since both fassbender and Mckellen give great performances in everything they do. I heard they were thinking of someone younger to play Bond soon and i, for one, think Fassbender would be the perfect choice. anyone agree?
I didn't know who he was til i saw X-Men first class and he blew me away. One of best portraits of Magneto. It's hard to decide who was better since both fassbender and Mckellen give great performances in everything they do. I heard they were thinking of someone younger to play Bond soon and i, for one, think Fassbender would be the perfect choice. anyone agree?
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10:14PM on 04/30/2013
I think it would be interesting to see the Scottish play get the Coriolanus treatment.

In the meantime, I recommend checking out the version with a pre-fame Sam Worthington set in the Melbourne criminal underworld. It's really crazy. The witches are nympho schoolgirls and Lady Macbeth gets to do "Out damn spot" topless. [link]
I think it would be interesting to see the Scottish play get the Coriolanus treatment.

In the meantime, I recommend checking out the version with a pre-fame Sam Worthington set in the Melbourne criminal underworld. It's really crazy. The witches are nympho schoolgirls and Lady Macbeth gets to do "Out damn spot" topless. [link]
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10:07PM on 04/30/2013
Im a lil tired of every movie version of Shakespeare's plays retaining the original language. Its one thing to read it and being able to pause and mull it over but a movie continues on. but great casting
Im a lil tired of every movie version of Shakespeare's plays retaining the original language. Its one thing to read it and being able to pause and mull it over but a movie continues on. but great casting
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9:44PM on 04/30/2013

Great casting choices

hopefully the script and direction match the original play and the actors, but this already looks good. I'm sure both Portman and Fassbender will knock this one out of the park.
hopefully the script and direction match the original play and the actors, but this already looks good. I'm sure both Portman and Fassbender will knock this one out of the park.
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8:28PM on 04/30/2013

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I'm down. great casting, more battle scenes is a plus :)
I'm down. great casting, more battle scenes is a plus :)
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8:21PM on 04/30/2013
MacBeth is my favorite Shakespeare play. I recall studying it in high school and genuinely enjoying it. This casting makes me excited for the film.
MacBeth is my favorite Shakespeare play. I recall studying it in high school and genuinely enjoying it. This casting makes me excited for the film.
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7:09PM on 04/30/2013
Fassbender and Portman will knock it out of the park.
Fassbender and Portman will knock it out of the park.
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6:41PM on 04/30/2013

I *love* Portman...but...

I don't exactly see her as Lady Macbeth...partly because the second the announcement that this was being made, the only actress I wanted to see in the part was Charlize Theron...who would dominate the role.
Still, I'm sure Portman will make it hers and deliver, and then some.
I don't exactly see her as Lady Macbeth...partly because the second the announcement that this was being made, the only actress I wanted to see in the part was Charlize Theron...who would dominate the role.
Still, I'm sure Portman will make it hers and deliver, and then some.
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7:12PM on 04/30/2013
was so glad with the news of Fassbender playing Macbeth, but now with Natalie on board too, oh man, already hyped with this movie.

Michael and Natalie on the same movie is amazing. This version may be something really special
was so glad with the news of Fassbender playing Macbeth, but now with Natalie on board too, oh man, already hyped with this movie.

Michael and Natalie on the same movie is amazing. This version may be something really special
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