Natalie Portman And Michael Fassbender Lead ‘Macbeth’ Adaptation

After filming roles in one of Terrence Malick’s upcoming projects, on-set drama foiled Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman’s big screen reunion in “Jane Got a Gun,” but the pair won’t have to wait too long to make up for it.

Screen Daily is reporting that Fassbender and Portman have both taken roles in a new screen adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved, and feared, plays, “Macbeth.” The take of a Scottish lord and his—let’s call her—eccentric wife will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who won praise for his breakout film, the brutal “Snowtown.”

According to the site, “Macbeth” starring Portman and Fassbender will not be a modernization of the psychologically terrifying play. “The new take on Shakespeare’s classic… is set in the 11th century and in the original language,” Screen Daily explains.

It seems that Kurzel’s take on “Macbeth” will differ from the Bard’s play in how he shoots the fight sequences. “The script is understood to be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes,” Screen Daily elaborates.

Portman will appear next in “Thor: The Dark World,” which hits theater in November. She is currently filming “Jane Got a Gun” with Joel Edgerton and Bradley Cooper.

This year, Fassbender has “Twelve Years A Slave” from his “Shame” director Steve McQueen and “The Counselor” from Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy. Right now, he’s reprising his role as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

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