The day before yesterday we reported
that Michael Fassbender
was set to lead a new screen adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth
. Now comes word
that Natalie Portman
has agreed to play the role of Lady Macbeth to Fassbender’s Lord.
It seems that Portman has finally found another project to appear in opposite Fassbender after he has dropped out shortly before filming on Jane Got a Gun
began (which Portman is also producing).
Penned by Todd Louiso
(Love Liza) and Jacob Koskoff
(The Marc Pease Experience), the script follows the original 11th Century setting of Shakespeare’s classic play.
Snowtown director Justin Kurzel
is set to helm with production slated for later this year.
Meanwhile, Portman is eyeing the biopic Jackie
, the gun-running thriller Code Name Sasha
, and the drama Last Witness
. She’ll next be seen reprising her role in Thor: The Dark World
, the sequel to 2011 film Thor.
Here’s the synopsis:
Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself.