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Cannes First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Make Evil Look Good in ‘Macbeth’

Cannes First Look: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Make Evil Look Good in 'Macbeth'

It has been a long and winding road for “Macbeth,” Aussie director Justin Kurzel’s revamp of the Shakespeare classic of guilt and revenge, to finally get to the Cannes competition this year.

This adaptation of the deliciously dark masterpiece of evil stars Michael Fassbender as the titular power-mongering general and Marion Cotillard as the scheming, hand-wringing Lady Macbeth. Kurzel debuted in 2011 with the unsettling and powerful “Snowtown,” which centered on the grisly true story of a spate of brutal cult murders in an atrophying Aussie suburb.

So “Macbeth” feels like a natural progression, another grim portrait of power gone horribly awry. “Macbeth” has been adapted time and again, most notably by director Roman Polanski in 1971 just after Sharon Tate’s murder. But if it’s anything like “Snowtown,” Kurzel’s new revamp, from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso, will be visceral and real. Some are calling this a red carpet Cannes Competition entry, muscled into a coveted slot by mighty Harvey Weinstein. We shall see. 

The Weinstein Company holds US and Canadian rights to the film. Check out more new stills below.

And earlier images:

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