After three and a half decades of working together, one of the Coen Brothers is finally stepping out on his own. Joel Coen has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth with his wife Frances McDormand set to star alongside Denzel Washington. This is the first time Coen will direct a project without his brother Ethan at his side, although many of their previous films had Joel Coen listed as the sole director due to DGA restrictions on multiple credits. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Joel Coen will direct a new version of Macbeth from his own original script. Denzel Washington will star in the tragic lead role with Frances McDormand set to play his power hungry wife, who helps convince him to kill the King of Scotland in order to seize the crown. The movie is expected to shoot before the end of the year and Scott Rudin will produce with A24 distributing worldwide.
There have been many versions of Macbeth on screen over the years with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring in one fairly recent version in 2015. Considering that the Coens rarely make movies based on existing source material, it should be interesting to see Joel’s take on The Bard. Denzel has done Shakespeare before, previously starring in Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 version of Much Ado About Nothing. Are you looking forward to Joel Coen’s Macbeth?