Starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, the film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of the same name.
The tragic tale of the rise and fall of Macbeth has long been a favourite for filmmakers to experiment with. Joel Coen of the popular American filmmaking duo Coen Brothers has also followed the long line of artists to give his take on the Shakespearean play in the form of the upcoming film The Tragedy Of Macbeth. The film’s distributors A24 and Apple TV+ have recently dropped a teaser trailer for the same, and from the looks of it, Coen’s take will hit hard on the ominous and baleful aspect of the king’s story.
The highly atmospheric trailer opens with some very sinister-looking shots including that of circling black birds against a foggy backdrop featuring three figures cloaked in all-black, signalling the three witches who set forth the chain of events that led to King Macbeth’s downfall. The trailer also offers glimpses of the Lord and Lady Macbeth, played by Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand respectively, as well as a few other regal characters, including those played by Harry Melling and Brendan Gleeson. It has but only one piece of dialogue, a snippet of dialogue ‘By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes'.
The Shakespearean tragedy tells the tale of the titular Scottish king, whose ascend to the throne was foretold by witches. When ambition takes a hold of him and when his wife prods him to no end, he makes a series of horrifying decisions, including the murder of the reigning king and his horrifying actions soon start to drive him to the edge of madness.
The black and white film will be Joel Coen’s first directorial without his brother and stars Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, Corey Hawkins, Moses Ingram, Brendan Gleeson, and Harry Melling among others.
The Tragedy Of Macbeth will be available for streaming on Apple TV+ in January 2022 after its limited theatrical release in December this year.