Michael Fassbender might be most widely known for his superhero or blockbuster appearances, but that doesn't mean he, or Marion Cotillard for that matter, aren't attracted to the odd bit of Shakespeare.
The pair are due to appear in Justin Kurzel's dark and faithful adaptation of Macbeth. Footage is currently been shown around to buyers at Cannes, but we've also got two character posters of Fassbender as Macbeth and Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Check them out below:
Macbeth is known as perhaps Shakespeare's darkest and most tragic play. Indeed, it is widely referred to in theatrical circles as 'The Scottish Play' as merely uttering its name is believed to bring bad luck and tragedy. In a recent interview with The Independent, Collitard explained she often felt it hard not to be drawn into the dark abyss. She stated:
It’s the first time I’ve played a character with no light, total darkness. And when she loses control … I’m affected by the character I live with when I’m shooting, so I lost control of everything, like her, and it was really hard to handle.
She also praise the performance of Fassbender in the iconic and equally black role:
I saw a lot of movies [Fassbender] was in, and I have the feeling he’s reached another level here. When you start a scene and you don’t really know where you’re going to go, that’s a roller-coaster. Many times I was surprised by what he does in this movie, and this is priceless.
The movie has completed filming, and I think we start to expect teasers in the coming days and weeks. Personally, I think this movie might already be a hit, with both Fassbender and Collitard certainly showing they have the talent to pull of a movie of this caliber. If it does prove to be a success, this certainly bodes well for Fassbender's upcoming video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, as he will once again be working with Kurzel.
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing Fassbender do Shakespeare, or do you prefer his more mainstream roles?
What's your favorite Shakespeare play?