Denzel Washington Stars in ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

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 The 17-time NAACP Image Award winner stars as Lord Macbeth in the Joel Coen adaptation of the classic Shakespearian tragedy.

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand will play Lord and Lady Macbeth in Joel Coen’s upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare’s stage play The Tragedy of Macbeth. 

The two Academy Award-winning actors will play the titular characters in the film which was written and directed by Coen. It will be the first film Coen directed without the involvement of his brother Ethan. The pair are most known for the acclaimed works including The Big Lebowski (1998), No Country for Old Men (2007) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). 

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The Tragedy of Macbeth is the latest movie in the partnership between A24 and Apple. On Tuesday, the production companies released the haunting trailer for the black-and-white film. The only words heard in the clip are the infamous lines from Act 4, Scene 1 of the play where one of the three witches utters: 

“By the pricking of my thumbs, 
Something wicked this way comes.” 

According to IMDB, the cast also includes Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkings, Bertie Carvel, Harry Melling, Kathryn Hutner, Brendan Gleeson and Moses Ingram.  

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Washington is no stranger to bringing life to Shakespearean characters. The renowned actor, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University (1977), was cast in the titular role of Shakespeare’s Othello at the schoolHis first credit on the New York Stage was the Public Theater’s 1979 “Shakespeare in the Park” production of Coriolanus. 

The Tragedy of Macbeth will be released in cinemas on December 25, before streaming on AppleTV+ on January 14. 

The Tragedy of Macbeth — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ 

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