Bean, Swinton set for 'Macbeth' update

Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton are set to star in “Come Like Shadows,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that is slotted to shoot in Scotland in late fall. John Maybury (“The Jacket”) will direct a script by Vincent Regan.

Pic is being produced by Nick Saunders, who is producing through the Milk & One Sugar banner. Though that shingle is based at Warner Bros., “Come Like Shadows” was pieced together with independent financing.

Steven Soderbergh is aboard as executive producer. Luc Besson also is part of the mix, with the film set to use his EuropaCorp post-production facility in Normandy, France.

Pic is a traditional period piece, but it is designed to be user-friendly to a contemporary audience. Bean, who’s coming off “Silent Hill” and “North Country,” will play Macbeth, a role he essayed in London’s West End three years ago.

Swinton, who was last seen in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and who just wrapped “Michael Clayton” opposite George Clooney, plays Lady Macbeth. She previously collaborated with Maybury in the filmed version of her one-woman show, “Man to Man.”

Bean and Swinton made their screen debuts together, playing lovers in the 1986 film “Caravaggio.”

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