The film will follow the story of Lord and Lady Macbeth’s descent into insanity as they try to climb to power. The trailer doesn’t show much, except that the film was shot in black and white and includes mysterious shots of Macbeth and Banquo, Lady Macbeth, the three witches, and one of a crown being lifted from the ground. One of the witches’ voices can be heard saying, “by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
Not that a reason is needed to trust that Denzel Washington can handle Shakespeare, but his performance in Much Ado About Nothing left viewers waiting for the day he plays a Shakespeare character again. Frances McDormand, known for her strong-willed characters (and four Oscars), was an ideal choice to play the ruthless and wicked Lady Macbeth.
Joel Coen directing by himself without his brother is a first for him, but his working with A24 will unarguably be a sight to behold. The two are behind Fargo and No Country for Old Men, so even though he is working alone on this one, the tension and ominosity that Shakespeare’s Macbeth is known for is in the right hands.