October 20, 2021

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‘Tragedy of Macbeth’ Trailer: Denzel Washington Goes Crazy

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A24 has released a trailer for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, a new adaptation of Joel Quinn’s William Shakespeare classic, premiering at the New York Film Festival in September.

Shot in black and white, Quinn played Scottish play star Denzel Washington as Lord Macbeth and Frances McDermott as Lady Macbeth. As the source material, the film will turn into a coup plot to assassinate the couple for power over Scotland and their resulting insanity.

The ominous trailer shows isolated clips of large black birds in the sky, Macbeth walking through the desert, picking up a crown from the ground, and Lady Macbeth staring at his shoulder in fear. The only dialogue is the voice of a magician, who says one of the iconic lines of the play: “With my thumb, something evil comes this way.”

Starring alongside Washington and McDermott are Corey Hawkins (“The Walking Dead,” “In the Heights”), McDuff, Mossie Ingram (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Lady McDuff, Brendon Gleason (“Harry Potter”) as King Duncan’s Marel, (“Harry Potter,” “The Queen’s Gambit”) Malcolm and Ralph Inson (“The Green Knight”) as captains, among others.

“Macbeth’s Tragedy” is Coin’s solo direct debut, the first time he or his brother Ethan has led another project. The film includes some recurring collaborations for Coin, however: McDermott, his wife, has starred in several of the Coin brothers’ films, including “Blood Simple” and “Fargo,” and Gleason has starred in “The Ballad of Booster Scrags.” McDormand is excited for her performance in Chloe Zhao’s best film Oscar-winning “Namdland”, for which she won the Best Actress award.

After NYFF opens, the film will debut on Apple TV Plus. This is one of several cinematic adaptations of the plays “Macbeth” and “Throne of Blood”, directed and starred by Orison Wells, the samurai version of Akira Kurosawa’s story.

Watch the trailer below.

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