Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman’s ‘Macbeth’ Lines Up Producers

Macbeth Michael Fassbender Natalie Portman

Studiocanal Joins Roster With Film 4 and See-Saw Films

Adding another high-profile shingle to its network of production partners, European film-TV group Studiocanal will team with “The King’s Speech” producers, See-Saw Films, on “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) and Natalie Portman.

Helmed by “Snowtown’s” Justin Kurzel, “Macbeth” was developed by See-Saw and the U.K.’s Film 4.

Studiocanal and Film4 will now finance production. Studiocanal will also distribute in U.K., France, Germany where it owns distribution operations. It will also handle sales to the rest of the world outside these territories, bringing “Macbeth” onto the market at next week’s Cannes.

See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce.

Initiating principal photography in January, “Macbeth” is billed by its producers as a “truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition.” It will be set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.

“We are very pleased to be financing ‘Macbeth’ which deftly brings contemporary themes to an iconic story,” said Studiocanal chairman-CEO Olivier Courson.

Canning and Sherman commented: “With Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, we have two of the finest actors of their generation, playing two of the most celebrated roles of all time.”

“Justin (Kurzel) is an exceptional director and the prospect of his visceral and urgent work, together with the work of these two extraordinary performers, is very exciting,” added Film4 head Tessa Ross.

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  1. I’m very much looking forward to this Macbeth production. I think Michael Fassbender is an excellent choice to play Macbeth, even though he’s a tad too young. I admit I’m not pleased with Natalie Portman being cast as Lady Macbeth, it’s as if Hollywood didn’t bother looking at other actresses? Cate Blanchett or Rachel Weise come to my mind.

  2. Viola says:

    I think Michael Fassbender IS one of the finest actors of his generation, and Natalie Portman is talented. Nevertheless, I do believe they are both wrong choices for the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Fassbender would certainly make an amazing Hamlet, but I think he’s still too young to be Macbeth.

    • Anonymous says:

      I honestly don’t get too wrapped up in the identity of the actors themselves because at a certain level of ANY profession, they are all just fine. It’s all about the story to me. What makes a great actor is that you can forget about him/her and enter a dream to become part of the “story.” But you raise an EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT point here. The problem with getting so distracted with the actor that you lose the story IN the actor. That, I do not believe was ever the intent of Shakespeare or any writer in creating any masterpiece. And, as my friend said last night (he is a blue collar worker, and by no means purports to be a snooty expert in the arts or fine literature blah blah blah) “Wha? A film? Shakespeare is meant to be a play.” Yeah, I think so as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I will not see this movie. But more so, I saw on Fansshare that they are calling Michael Fassbender a “Huge Star” along with others. I disputed that characterization because I think he has yet to prove himself in this regard. Choices in movies like this (where most people will not have any interest in a movie like this) are silly in my opinion. Most people are paying child support in the 21st century and could not follow Scottish dialect from the 17th century much less want to see Shakespeare (which was forced on us through recitation tests in high school). Instead of allowing the comment, I was banned by Fansshare after Fansshare allowed another poster to maintain a personal attack post on me, and the author of the board engaged in a personal attack on me. My posts were deleted and the only thing that is still there are the personal attacks on me (without context; bizarre). It’s behavior like this associated with up and coming actors like Fassbender, i.e., when the media does not allow free flow of ideas, and pits the public against celebrities while the celebrities continue to bore us with their bad decisions in film, that turns the public off to journalism and the film industry in general. Interestingly, You Tube presence is skyrocketing, (see Psy’s 1.5 billion hits, e.g., Sweet Brown with 30 million hits, the Duck song with 130,000,000 hits eg.,) and people are learning that there are OTHER viable forms of entertainment that don’t involve either one (film or journalism). Is Fansshare just a website where celebrities pay for press but it paints itself to the public as a news source? I don’t know. Let’s hope Variety has independent journalism integrity. I thought it did. I suppose I will see if my post is deleted. It is shocking to me that a member of the public can be banned for making a comment that actors nowadays are proclaiming themselves “huge stars” before actually earning it (despite questionable choices in film time and again (this Macbeth film by Fassbender included) and that mere statement was sufficient to get personal attacks against my psyche by another poster, the author of the article, and then a forever ban by a media outlet. Are we heading back to censorship here? Is this where we are going folks? I don’t think this film sounds appealing by Fassbender at all. I don’t understand (for the most part) his decision making process in taking on roles. They baffle me to say the least.

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