First Look at the New Mac… Scottish Play Adaptation

Mere hours ago the world got its first look at the latest feature film to be adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. And oh what a first look it was…


That’s right, peel your eyes away from that murderous gaze and you’ll find that it belongs to none other than the current Hollywood darling Michael Fassbender. Chills… I have chills! I know what you’re thinking: he seems to be saying,

I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er

Right? (By the way, you can find the explanation for that quote here.)

And if Fassbender gives you goosebumps in this poster, just wait til you find out who’s playing Lady M…

marion cotillard

Yeah, the beautiful, talented, Oscar-nominated and, um, French Marion Cotillard.

Don’t get me wrong, Cotillard can be amazingly creepy in her roles (case in point, in Inception). But I’m really curious to see how she tackles a Scottish accent, assuming that the film will stay true to the play’s setting. From the look of the movie poster it certainly seems like it will.

Other recognizable cast members are now listed on Imdb. The movie will open in 2015 but the exact date is yet to be announced.

It’s been a long time since a prominent feature film has been made from Macbeth. Prior to this, the most notable releases have been in 1948 (directed by Orson Welles), 1971 (by Roman Polanski), and, my personal favourite, the 1978 bare-bones performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, starring Ian McKellan as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. With other Shakespearean plays getting so much cinematic love over the years, it’s nice to see the bloody “Scottish play” have its moment again.

Now if only we didn’t have to wait a year for its release. Oh well, I guess there’s always Gone Girl to tide us over.

What do you think of the new Macbeth and its casting? Tell us your thoughts in a comment below.

Need to brush up on your Macbeth  knowledge while you await the film version? Check out eNotes’ helpful links and fun quizzes:

macbeth (1)Macbeth Study Guide – includes a complete summary of each scene, plus discussions and analysis of important themes and characters from the play

Macbeth Quizzes – test your knowledge of one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies. We have a quiz for each scene of the play and each prominent character to help you in your understanding of the text and plot.

Macbeth Quotes – “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” won’t do. Check out the Bard’s best lines from Macbeth, complete with explanations, on one helpful page.

Macbeth eText – Tackle the whole play, for free, on eNotes at this link. Our eText includes a side-by-side modern translation of every line, plus embedded annotations from real teachers to help you along the way.