William Shakespeare was born in 1564, and is known around the world, and throughout history, as one of the greatest living poets to have ever existed. His plays include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth.

Yesterday (21st September, 2021), Apple and A24 revealed the teaser trailer and poster for upcoming film by Joel Coen, The Tragedy of Macbeth.

This movie adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays will be in select cinemas this winter (2021), and on Apple TV+ in early 2022; it tells the legendary tale of murder, chaos, madness, frightful ambition, and deadly wit.

Macbeth, the play, follows Macbeth, a young Scottish general who is told a prophecy that one day, he will be the King of Scotland.

Ambition and murderous thoughts fill his head and, encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne all for his own. However, guilt, paranoia and dreadful thoughts soon follow the new King everywhere he goes.

Joel Coen has cleverly directed, written and adapted The Tragedy of Macbeth for the big screen, and the teaser trailer is flooded with monochrome intrigue.

It seems as though this adaptation will stick closely to the base narrative within the play, which may be the best way to go when bringing such an old tale back into the light.

The cast includes Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson, with Kathryn Hunter and Moses Ingram.

Washington, who has starred in films such as Flight (2012) and The Equalizer (2014), will be taking on the challenging role of Macbeth himself, and with two Oscars under his belt, it seems that this role will be yet another incredible performance for the actor.

The teaser poster for the upcoming feature is also interesting, as it has a Celtic, ritualistic look about it, which is perhaps reminiscent of the witches in The Tragedy of Macbeth; it could also signify the times in which this story takes place.

The movie’s trailer is less than a minute long, and shows only whispers of the tale to come. It is shown in black and white, creating a slightly older feel for the feature. It seems that plenty of people are excited to see this tragedy unfold on the big screen, and the cast appear to be the cause of a lot of the excitement.

The Tragedy of Macbeth will release in cinemas on December 25th, 2021, and will conquer Apple TV+ on January 14th, 2022.

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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