Deadline reported that Oscar winner Denzel Washington is in early talks to join Frances McDormand in the Macbeth screen adaptation directed by The Big Lebowski’s Joel Coen.
This Shakespeare classic is about a Scottish lord who was told by a trio of witches that he will one day become the king of Scotland. Supported by his wife, his ambition drives him to murder those who stand in his way so that he may claim and secure his place at the Scottish throne.
Washington would be playing as Macbeth alongside Oscar winner McDormand who will play as Lady Macbeth in what could potentially be the greatest film adaptation of all time.
This will not be the first film adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Several films were made based on this highly embraced story over the decades. The first film adaptation was created by Orson Welles in 1948. The most recent 2015 film adaptation, directed by Justin Kurzel, grossed only $16.3 million against its $15+ million production budget.
Scott Rudin will be producing and distribution will be handled through A24.