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First Official Photos From Upcoming Macbeth Film

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The first two images from the upcoming big screen adaptation of Macbeth has finally been revealed. It stars (incredibly sexy co-stars) Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

The William Shakespeare tragedy will retain the play’s 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King.

Macbeth was directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso. There is no officially release date yet but the film is expected to release sometime in 2015.

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Natalie Portman Announced To Play Lady Macbeth

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Yesterday we reported that Michael Fassbender had signed on the play the titular character in a upcoming movie adaptation of “Macbeth.” Today it has been revealed that Natalie Portman has also signed on to the film and will play Lady Macbeth. Fassbender and Portman were set to work together on Jane Got a Gun, but Fassbender departed the project prior to production. Portman can also soon be seen reprising her role as Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World. Continue reading

Michael Fassbender Crowned King In New Macbeth Adaptation

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No one can deny that Michael Fassbender is glorious and apparently director Justin Kurzel agrees. Fassbender has been added to play the key role of the titular King in an upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The adaptation will be set in the play’s original 11th century setting and has been reported to be retaining the original dialogue of the drama.  Continue reading

The Taming of the Shrew Adaptation Secures Anne Hathaway

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Since staring in Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway seems to be jumping on the classic literature remake bandwagon. Rumor has it that the Hathaway is set to star in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Rather than a straight forward period film, the project will be a modern-day retelling of the play set in mid-20th century Italy. Considering this will be set in a more current time frame, the question remains of whether or not this retelling will retain the misogynistic elements of mens control over women and the desire to have a compliant and obedient wife remain. It is the 20th century after all and women have finally been given permission to have free will, right? That’s a thing right?

In case you didn’t read this on your own or in 11th grade english class, “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the tale of two sisters. One unsurprisingly more lovely than the other. The story depicts the utter gentlemen, Petruchio, as he attempts to court and marry the headstrong and titular “shrew” that is Katherina. Considering the fact that she didn’t choose Petruchio as a suitor, she is understandably an unwilling participant in the relationship. However, through “taming” and the various psychological torments that is the definition of true love, Katherina becomes the obedient bride every man desires. There is also a subplot featuring the hotter sister and a competition of men vying for her attention and thusly her hand in marriage.

Us women need some taming by the men in our lives in order to find someone who is willing to deal with our hysteria, amiright? Forget those old ideals of true love and happiness, that takes a whole lot of work after all. Just marry us off to some dick who will deny us food and water while physically and emotionally humiliating us in front of our friends and family at our wedding and then hence forth the rest of our lives. It’s every girls dream, right?

What a great tale! My hopes are that this modern-day retelling is more closely related to 10 Things I Hate About You rather than the actual play.

Abi Morgan has signed on to script the adaptation. The project will be produced by Debra Hayward and Working Title, another individual with knowledge of the film told TheWrap.

“The Taming of the Shrew” was famously adapted in 1967 staring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Another adaptation, also a modern-day retelling, was released in 1999 in the form of 10 Things I Hate About You starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

The casting of Hathaway is only a rumor at this point as Universal, Working Title and Hathaway’s representatives at CAA all declined to comment on the project.