Just yesterday we reported that Michael Fassbender had signed on to star in a new screen version of Macbeth, and now he’s got some company, as ScreenDaily says Natalie Portman will be his duplicitous wife in the movie.
It’s apparently a dream role for Portman, who has long wanted to portray Lady Macbeth and has previously considered joining stage versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
The screenplay was written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff (The Marc Pease Experience), although it will retain Shakespeare’s actual words. The script retains the 11th Century setting of the play, which follows a cunning Scottish Lord who plot to steal the throne, with the help of his wife and a trio of witches. The screenplay is said to take a visceral approach to the battle scenes, while keeping most of the original dialogue intact.
Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is directing. The film will be looking for sales at Cannes, and is is scheduled to begin later this year.