British theater director William Oldroyd’s first feature-length debut, “Lady Macbeth,” is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.” The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and was quickly acquired by Roadside Attractions. Now, the studio has released the first trailer for the upcoming period drama, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.
Set in 1865, rural England, the feature stars newcomer Florence Pugh as Katherine, a headstrong women who is trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. Stifled by her relationship with the bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family, she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate. Suddenly an overwhelming power inside her makes her fight for the life she wants.
The film was adapted by Alice Birth and also co-stars Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis, Bill Fellows and Naomi Ackie. It is also an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
IndieWire’s Eric Kohn stated in his B+ review that, “’Lady Macbeth’ reveals the essence of its plot in the title, but the dark twists of the thrilling narrative still manage to surprise.”
“Lady MacBeth” will be released in New York and LA theaters on June 2, 2017. Check out the trailer below.