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Apple TV+ Acquires "The Tragedy of Macbeth"


The upcoming A24 film The Tragedy of Macbeth is an interesting project. Beyond starring Denzel Washington as the titular character and Francis McDormand as his power-hungry wife Lady Macbeth, along with being in black and white, the film is the first solo directing effort for one-half of the Coen Brothers, namely Joel Coen. Though McDormand argues their adaptation of William Shakespeare's play will have a different interpretation to it:

“I think a very important thing about Joel’s adaptation is that we are not calling it Macbeth,” McDormand said in a previous interview. “We’re calling it The Tragedy of Macbeth, which I think is an important distinction. In Joel’s adaptation, we are exploring the age of the characters and in our adaptation, the Macbeths are older. Both Denzel and I are older than what is often cast as the Macbeths. We’re postmenopausal, we’re past childbearing age. So that puts a pressure on their ambition to have the crown. I think the most important distinction is that it is their last chance for glory.”

While the film will have a worldwide release in theaters to qualify it for the Oscars, it's been confirmed today that the film will also globally launch on the streaming service Apple TV+. This is, without a doubt, the biggest acquisition by Apple (and the film will be released under the Apple Original Films banner) following their $200 million investment last year in Martin Scorsese's next project, Killers of the Flower Moon. They also bought the Sundance darling CODA for a record-setting amount. All three films are expected to be contenders that Apple pushes for in the next award season .

The Tragedy of Macbeth co-stars Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Kathryn Hunter, Harry Melling, and Brendan Gleeson. Stay tuned!

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