Before he returns as Magneto in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender takes on a beloved William Shakespeare story in the upcoming adaptation Macbeth. Following the international trailer released back in June, The Weinstein Company has debuted the first domestic trailer for Macbeth, debuting in select theaters December 4. The drama will go up against Universal's horror-comedy Krampus, Fox Searchlight's Youth and Cohen Media Group's documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.
From the producers of The King's Speech comes the feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland.
Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Reynor, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, David Hayman, Maurice Roëves and Barrie Martin round out the supporting cast. Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is also teaming up with both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on the upcoming video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, which is set for release on December 21, 2016. Production is slated to begin this week on that highly-anticipated project.
Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) directs from an adapted screenplay by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience). With The Weinstein Company announcing a December 4 limited release, it seems likely that the studio could be positioning this film for awards season contention, although it's too early to tell who the front runners may be at this time. Still, given that this is a new version of a timeless story, that could bode well for its Oscar prospects.
Both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are no stranger to the awards season. Michael Fassbender was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Shame, while Marion Cotillard won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose, and she was nominated for last year's Two Days, One Night. Do you think these actors will get Oscar nominations for Macbeth? Let us know what you think after taking a look at the first domestic trailer.