Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand in talks to star in Joel Coen's Macbeth
The two Oscar winners will star as the ambitious Scot and his scheming wife in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play. McDormand’s husband, Joel Coen, is writing and directing (without his brother and longtime filmmaking partner Ethan Coen). Scott Rudin is producing, with A24 on board as a distributor.
The Scottish play has been adapted more than a dozen times for the screen, stretching from Orson Welles’ 1948 classic to a 2015 film version starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
As for Washington and McDormand, they’re no strangers to Shakespeare: Washington starred in Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film Much Ado About Nothing and in a Broadway production of Julius Caesar, and McDormand played Lady Macbeth on stage at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2016.
Deadline first reported the news.