Joel Coen Directing Macbeth Film With Denzel Washington And Frances McDormand

Joel Coen is ready to take on Shakespeare. That’s right, Joel Coen of the Coen Brothers is getting ready to adapt Macbeth for the silver screen. According to Deadline, this will not be a strict filming of the play (as a lot of filmmakers tend to do), but will be adapted by Coen himself. As of this writing, it doesn’t look like his brother and frequent collaborator Ethan Coen will be working with him this time around, so it looks to be a rare solo outing for him.

But he won’t be alone. The outlet goes on to say that Shakespearean veteran Denzel Washington and Coen vet Frances McDormand are in talks to star in the film, which is expected to be directed by Joel Coen. Of course, as with many Shakespeare plays, this is one that has been adapted countless times. In fact, just in 2015, we got a version starring Michael Fassbender.

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Washington seems like a good fit for the film. Obviously, the dude is a great actor, but he also has experience on big-screen Shakespeare, with movies like Much Ado About Nothing, which was helmed by Kenneth Branagh.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, and follows a man who is convinced he should be the next king of Scotland, and it follows the ramifications of attempting to seize power for power’s sake.

Honestly, when it comes to Shakespeare, it’s not exactly the type of material I find most engaging, but since it’s being adapted for the screen (and not just acted out), I’m a bit more interested, and it certainly helps that the talent on board is pretty solid. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

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