Shakespeare’s Macbeth returns to the screen

Macbeth seeing Banquo's ghost

Macbeth Seeing The Ghost of Banquo, by Theodoré Chassériau. Creepy much? Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Or should I follow proper theatrical tradition and call it “that Scottish play”?

For those not familiar with the lore associated with this Shakespearian play, it’s traditional not to call the play by its own name when one is inside a theater or else bad luck will come. You have to leave, perform cleansing rituals such as turning in a circle three times or quote a line from another of Shakespeare’s plays, and be invited back into the theater.

Anyway…..I just heard that the play has been made into a movie, and I’m quite tickled at the thought. I’ve been hoping for decades that someone would. With today’s realistic CGI effects, seeing Banquo’s ghost and Lady Macbeth’s imagining the blood on her hands would be deliciously spooky.

Michael Fassbender (Magneto/Erik Lensherr in some of the X-Men movies, Rochester in Jane Eyre) plays Macbeth and Marion Cotillard (Josephine Bloom in Big Fish, Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose) is Lady Macbeth. Duncan is David Thewlis (Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter movies); I’m intrigued to see how he handles a serious dramatic role like this one.

According to the Internet Movie Database (, the movie’s due to arrive in October 2015 in the U.K. No word yet on when it’ll be on American screens, but I hope we’ll get to see it too.

Here’s the trailer, courtesy of StudioCanalUK on YouTube.



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12 responses to “Shakespeare’s Macbeth returns to the screen

  1. I don’t think I have ever seen a version of Macbeth I thought was good enough. I hope this will be. Even if it doesn’t get a full theatrical release, it will surely come out on DVD and cable.

  2. REALLY looking forward to this new version. One hopes they use all the “Good” movie magic to make it great, while still getting fantastic performances from the cast.

    There are several other versions of Macbeth on film. On of my favorites has Ian Mcellan as the doomed king and Judy Dench as his femme fatale! Done in 1979 as a TV movie! It is actually a filming of the stage play without an audience, it is odd to watch but what GREAT names! It feels like a real stage production, from the stark sets to the use and reuse of cast members in multiple roles.

    !948 saw Orson Welles play Macbeth and there was a not great version done in 1971.

  3. What did you think of the Patrick Stewart version that came out from BBC a couple of years ago?


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