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Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Roll on ‘Macbeth’

Studiocanal-sold See-Saw production shoots in Scotland

BERLIN – Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (pictured), See-Saw Films’ production “Macbeth” commenced principal photography in Scotland, Studiocanal and Film Four announced Thursday.

The Weinstein Company distributes in the U.S.

Helmed by Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”), “Macbeth” co-stars Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”), Sean Harris (“Prometheus”), Jack Reynor (“What Richard Did”), and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”). It will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso wrote the screenplay..

Though offering a partly classic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play – “Macbeth,” a fearless warrior, is brought low by ambition – Kurzel’s big-screen adapration offers at least two newer elements. Another of Macbeth’s fatal flaws in Kurzel’s movie – not explored by Shakespeare – is all-consuming passion.

Also, expanding on a direction taken by Roman Polanski in his 1971 makeover, “Macbeth” will also offer “a thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.”

Academy-Award winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech,” “Shame”), produce with Laura Hastings-Smith (“Hunger”). See-Saw have developed the project alongside Film4. Studiocanal will majority finance with Film4, handle international sales, and distribute in the U.K., Germany and France.  .

Cinematographer is Adam Arkapaw (“Animal Kingdom”) who worked with Kurzel on “Snowtown,” production designer is Fiona Crombie (“Top of the Lake”), another “Snowtown” collaborator.

Academy-Award winner Jacqueline Durran (“Atonement,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) designs “Macbeth’s” costumes. Make-up and hair designer is Academy-Award winner Jenny Shircore (“The Invisible Woman,” “My Life with Marilyn”).

“Macbeth” is a See-Saw Films production in association with DMC Film, Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A. and Creative Scotland.

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