• 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 53min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Justin Kurzel
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis
  • UK release: 2 October 2015

Australian director Kurzel significantly trims Shakespeare's drama, placing the emphasis on brutal, bloody conflict and primal energy. The cast is impressive but Fassbender's warrior king has all the fury and impact of Pacino in his prime; all in all, an adaptation of raw, haunting power.

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A new version of Shakespeare's classic play. Ambitious Macbeth plots the murder of the Scottish King in order to seek the throne for himself. Encouraged by a witches’ prophecy and spurred on by his wife, Macbeth will stop at nothing to achieve the greatness he believes he is destined for.

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Reviews & features

Visit the stunning Scottish landscape featured in Macbeth

30 Sep 2015

Set-jetting through Macbeth via the Isle of Skye; murder and betrayal not included

We all know about the Outlander trail and James Bond’s sojourn in Glencoe, but with the arrival of the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth comes yet more inspiration to head for the Highlands of Scotland. Much of the filming Macbeth, starring…

Interview: Justin Kurzel – 'It was the vision of Michael Fassbender as Macbeth that first intrigued me'

23 Sep 2015

The director discusses his gritty, bloody adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy

Macbeth. The Scottish play. One of Shakespeare's most famous and bloody tragedies. An epic story that has been adapted time and time again on stage and screen (most notably by Orson Welles in 1947 and Roman Polanski in 1971). Nearly everyone has either…


25 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Michael Fassbender stars in Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's tragedy

The list of those who have attempted to leave their distinctive imprint on 'the Scottish play' stretches from Orson Welles to Roman Polanski via a notoriously ill-judged stage collaboration between director Bryan Forbes and Peter O’Toole. Snowtown…

Marion Cotillard to play Lady Macbeth

21 Aug 2013

Film gossip

Marion Cotillard is to play Lady Macbeth. The Oscar-winning French actress has been snapped up to play the headstrong leading lady opposite Michael Fassbender, who is currently in the mix for the role of the iconic anti-hero, in Justin Kurzel's movie…

Michael Fassbender to play Macbeth

29 Apr 2013

Film gossip

Michael Fassbender is set to star in a new adaptation of 'Macbeth'. The actor will play the famous Shakespearean character in a new movie from See Saw Films, the production company behind his hit movie 'Shame' and the Oscar-winning 'The King's Speech'…

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