Friday, May 10, 2013

Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman star in the modern-day Shakespeare adaptation from director Justin Kurzel. (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

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Studiocanal has boarded Macbeth, the Shakespeare adaptation for director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) starring Michael Fassbender as the doomed Scottish king and Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth. Kurzel's version is described as modern take on the tale of a fearless warrior ultimately destroyed by ambition and desire.

Studiocanal will co-finance the feature which British shingle See-Saw Films is producing. Pre-production is set to start at the end of the year for a planned January 2014 shoot.

Studiocanal will distribute Macbeth in the U.K., Germany and France and will handle international sales duties, shopping the title to buyers in Cannes next week.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw, whose credits include the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, will produce. See-Saw developed the project together with Film4, who are also a financier on Macbeth.

“We are very pleased to be financing Macbeth which deftly brings contemporary themes to an iconic story," said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of StudioCanal.

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