Macbeth trailer: Fassbender, Cottilard bring out the grimness of the Shakespearean tragedy

FP Staff

Jun 06, 2015 15:14:22 IST

The trailer of the highly-awaited film Macbeth is finally out, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard portraying the dark and twisted characters of one of the best Shakespearean tragedies.

Macbeth trailer: Fassbender, Cottilard bring out the grimness of the Shakespearean tragedy

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth.

Macbeth is the grim character created by William Shakespeare who is consumed by ambition after he receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become the King of Scotland one day.

There is not one scene in the trailer which is not grim or dark. However, despite the sombre tone of the trailer, it never turns dull and will always keep you engrossed as you watch some brilliant acting by Fassbender and Cottilard, especially the scene in which Macbeth smiles after saying that his mind is "full of scorpions", which is scary enough to send chills down your spine.

An intense and haunting soundtrack also makes sure that the serious and sinister tone of the trailer is never lost.

Macbeth is shown to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the film, according to Associated Press. Fassbender credited director Justin Kurzel for making the connection to contemporary warfare.

“That changed everything for me,” Fassbender had told reporters on Macbeth's post-traumatic stress disorder in the movie. “We know from soldiers today coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan that describe post-traumatic stress disorder and the fact that they have these hallucinations."

About Macbeth's relationship with his wife, Cottilard, who plays Lady Macbeth, had said, "There’s a lot of love between these two characters...They’re just too damaged to be able to turn toward something more luminous.”

“I’ve never felt so much pressure tying to embody a character,” Cotillard had said. “This is the first time in a film that I’ve found it difficult to slip into the character. I’ve often played dramatic characters but never perhaps to this extent. All the characters I’ve played so far were full of light or held out some hope, but in this case, all is gloom.”

(With inputs from AP)

Updated Date: Jun 06, 2015 16:18:13 IST

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