Casting News – Natalie Portman Joins “Macbeth” Adaptation

Just the other day, news came to light that actor Michael Fassbender will be playing Macbeth in the new film adaptation of Shakepeare’s “Scottish play.” However, there was still no word as to which actress would be playing Lady Macbeth.

It has now been officially reported that Oscar winner Natalie Portman has signed on to play Lady Macbeth in the Justin Kurzel-directed adaptation. For those of you just hearing about this adaptation, the screenplay will be penned by Todd Louiso (Love Liza, Hello I Must Be Going) and Jacob Koskoff, who have worked together before on a film entitled The Marc Pease Experience.

Those of you who are traditional Shakespeare enthusiasts will be glad to hear that the classic story will remain the same as the play, set in 11th century, and presented in the original Shakespearian dialogue.

Fassbender and Portman have worked together a few times before as well on Terrence Malick’s current music scene movie, which is still in production. Plus, Fassbender was set to be in the western that Portman is starring in and porducing, Jane Got a Gun. Unfortunately, Fassbender had to back out of the project.

What do you think of this casting choice for Lady Macbeth? Are you looking forward to this particular adaptation of Macbeth? Do you think it is better to keep the story the same and present it in the original dialogue? Do you think Fassbender and Portman will have the chemistry needed for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

Natalie Portman

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