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

Source: The Playlist

Casting News – Michael Fassbender Cast in New “Macbeth” Adaptation

Shakespeare nerds (including my mama) will be very excited and interested to hear that actor Michael Fassbender has signed on to a new Macbeth film adaptation. Fassbender reportedly will be signing on to play the leading role in  “the Scottish play.”

This new film version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is going to be directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and the screenplay will be written by Todd Louiso (Love Liza, Hello I Must Be Going) and Jacob Koskoff. Louiso have worked on a script together before for a film entitled The Marc Pease Experience. 

Many previous film adaptations of the Scottish play have tried to set the classic story in a different settings, but that will not be the case with this version. The story will remain the same, it will be set in 11th century,  and presented in the original Shakespearian dialogue. Kurzel has stated, however, that this version will be more “visceral” and have “significant battle scenes.”

Production on this project is moving quite quickly and filming is currently set to start later this year. Keep checking in for more follow-up and news about this Macbeth adaptation.

Who do you think should play Lady Macbeth? Are you excited for this particular adaptation? Do you think Fassbender is right for the role of Macbeth? Are you a Shakespeare enthusiast?

Michael Fassbender - Macbeth

Source: The Playlist

Trailer MegaPost – “Elysium,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “The Way, Way Back”

There have been some amazing and exciting new trailers released lately for the three highly anticipated films Elysium, Romeo and Juliet, and The Way, Way Back. Although all three films have different styles and are in different genres, they all look like spectacular films that will gain attention from critics and audiences alike. Read below for details on each film and click the film name for links to the trailer!

1. Elysium stars actors Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna and is directed by Neill BlomkampHere is an official synopsis for Elysium (via IMDb): “In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Foster), a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.” Be sure to catch Elysium in theaters this summer on August 9, 2013.

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2. Romeo and Juliet stars Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet, and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. Plus, Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince of Verona, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, and Natascha McElhone as Lady Capulet. This adaptation was directed by Carlo Carlei and the screenplay is by Julian Fellowes. Of course, this film is based off of William Shakespeare’s classic and timeless play, Romeo and Juliet. This stunning adaptation will be hitting theaters October 25, 2013.

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3. The Way, Way Back stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry, and Liam James and is directed by both Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. This was one of the films to watch for that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Here is an official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): “The Way, Way Back is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Carell), and his daughter Steph (Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget.” The Way, Way Back actually looks like a  funny and heart-warming film so be sure to catch it when it releases on July 5th, 2013.

The Way, Way Back - poster

What do you think of these trailers? Are you excited for any of these films? Which one do you feel you will most likely go and see in theaters?

Sources: Collider IMDb, YouTube, and Apple Movie Trailers

Broadway – Orlando Bloom to star in Production of “Romeo and Juliet”

William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet, will be returning to Broadway for the first time in nearly four decades. Recent casting announcements have revealed that this production has gained some talented actors and actresses.

To begin with, it was recently publicized that actor Orlando Bloom will be making his Broadway debut and playing Romeo. Bloom will be joined by Tony-Award nominees Condola Rashad as Juliet, Joe Morton as Lord Capulet, and Jayne Houdyshell as the nurse. However, the Tony-nominated director, David Leveaux, has slightly adapted this classic tale by setting it in modern times and adding the aspect of ethnicity to the story.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leveaux states:  “Shakespeare did not only write of his world – he imagined ours. The very improbability that two young people might, through their imaginations and their courage, change the world by overcoming the cynical tyranny of division handed down to them by their elders, is the best and happily most improbable reason I can imagine to bring this story to the Broadway stage today.”

There will be previews of the show starting August 24 and opening night is on September 19 at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers theater. What do you think of the casting choices? What do you think of Leveaux choice to adapt Shakespeare’s classic play? Would you be interested in seeing this production and version of Romeo and Juliet?

Orlando Bloom

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Flashback Friday – “10 Things I Hate About You”

This week we are going to look at photos from the Gil Junger-directed film 1o Things I Hate About You. This film came out in 1999 and is based off of William Shakespeare’s play Taming of The Shrew. The cast of this film included Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Susan May Pratt, Andrew Keegan, Gabrielle Union, Larry Miller, and Allison Janney.

An interesting fact about this film is it was all shot in various locations in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Also, there are some lines in the film that are directly from Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew and his Sonnet 56. Something eles that is interesting is Heath Ledger beat out Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher for his role of Patrick Verona in this film.

For those of you that are fans of this film will be excited to know that Gil Junger is currently developing  a film titled 10 Things I Hate About Life, which might be a sequel. However, it is still only in early stages of development so be patient and keep an eye out for what is going on!

Have you seen this movie? Is this movie one of your favorites? I hope you enjoy these photos!

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