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Something wicked this way comes, and it’s the new Macbeth trailer. Michael Fassbender plays the titular role in the latest adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. As we get closer to the year’s end and the fog clears off from the 2016 Oscar contenders, this film from director Justin Kurzel is rising up in the ranks. Watch the dark and stormy new footage below.
This new Macbeth trailer makes the film out to be the Dark Knight of Shakespeare plays. The color palette and, obviously, the tone are dark; the symphonic accompaniment is dramatic and stirring; and the crescendo-ing chants mimic the "Deshi Basara" one from The Dark Knight Rises. But in all seriousness, it’s difficult not to get excited over this.
For those who didn’t pay attention in high school English, Macbeth tells of the Scottish thane. He encounters three witches who foresee him to "be king hereafter." Incited by his persuasive wife, Lady Macbeth, as well as his own ambitions, he murders the king and takes the throne for himself. Afterwards, he plummets into madness and — since the play is called The Tragedy of Macbeth I’m not spoiling anything here — he dies. Though the shortest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, it’s considered one of his most powerful, examining the destructive force of unchecked political ambitions, and the physical and psychological turmoil that can ensue.
We haven’t received a feature film Macbeth adaptation since the 2006 version with Clash of the Titans’ Sam Worthington and December Boys’ Victoria Hill. But this one has a dynamite cast. Fassbender is joined by Marion Cotillard, who is also re-teaming with Fassbender and Kurzel for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie adaptation, as Lady Macbeth. Also cast are The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s Elizabeth Debicki (Lady Macduff), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s Sean Harris (Macduff), Harry Potter’s David Thewlis (Duncan), Transformer: Age of Extinction’s Jack Reynor (Malcolm), and Child 44’s Paddy Considine (Banquo).
Though it’s still early to be prejudging potential Oscar nominees, we’re gonna do it anyway. While Macbeth as a whole could be good for a Best Picture nomination, both Fassbender and Cotillard seem ripe for Best Actor and Best Actress nominations. So far, the former category is shaping up to also include Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, (potentially) Jason Sagal in The End of the Tour, and Fassbender (again) for the Steve Jobs biopic. For Best Actress, women like Cate Blanchett in Carol, Julianne Moore in Freeheld, Carey Mulligan in Suffragette, and Jennifer Lawrence in Joy are early standouts. However, there are still plenty more films and performances to see emerge before the year is up.
Macbeth is scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 4th.