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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #108. Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth


Director: Justin Kurzel
Writers: Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso
Producers: See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

We’re thankful that Cotillard stepped in to play Lady Macbeth after it was originally announced that the role would go to Natalie Portman (remember that delicious news a few years ago that a Lady Macbeth film was going to be made starring Tilda Swinton but never got made?) and we’re certain that Kurzel will give as an adaptation or incarnation we’ve not seen yet. While filming has essentially just began, we’re hoping for an end of year release.

Gist: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.

Release Date: We should hope to see this sometime in the latter part of 2014, perhaps Venice or Toronto as it is scheduled to open domestically in October.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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