Yesterday we brought you the news that Michael Fassbender was starring in Macbeth. Today more news has been released about his Lady.
Screen Daily announced that Natalie Portman would be joining Fassbender and trying to get out those damn spots on the See-Saw production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. She obviously is taken with the German-Irish actor. They have only recently wrapped on production of Terrence Malick’s as yet untitled film about the Texas music scene.
Often regarded as THE Shakespeare role for women, apparently Portman has wanted to get her acting chops into it for some time now and according to Screen Daily had previously considered doing a stage version of the play.
The film about a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord who, working off the predictions of three witches and is victories on the battlefield, climbs through the ranks and ends up King of Scotland with the help of his scheming wife is to be set in the 11th century and filmed in the original Shakespearean. The “script is understood to be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes”. That should make for an interesting final showdown between Macbeth and Macduff.
Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is on board to direct the Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience) adapted screenplay of the classic. Shooting is set to begin later in 2013.