The two Oscar winners play Lord and Lady Macbeth in this take on Shakespeare’s story, which tells of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from three witches that he will one day be the King of Scotland. With ambition and a strong push from his wife, he takes drastic measures to make that prophecy a reality. But a path of descent awaits Lord and Lady Macbeth. With guilt and paranoia growing, he finds himself spiralling with more dark deeds needed to protect himself.
This is the first film that Joel Coen is directing in solo capacity, following an incredible, award-winning run as one half of the Coen Brothers with his sibling, Ethan. Joel also wrote the screenplay adaptation and produces the film alongside McDormand, his wife.
A striking first look at the film. It’s classified as an “official trailer”, but it’s much more of an effective teaser, showcasing just a few moody moments of arresting black and white cinematography. The cinematographer is five-time Oscar nominee Bruno Delbonnel, who worked with the Coens on Inside Llewyn Davis and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and whose credits include Amelie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Darkest Hour.
“… Something wicked this way comes,” indeed. The Tragedy of Macbeth, also starring Corey Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Bertie Carvel, and Harry Melling, will be in US cinemas on December 25th and streaming on Apple TV+ from January 14th.