Apple Original Films has partnered with the acclaimed production house A24 for the release of Joel Coen film The Tragedy of Macbeth.
The movie, a Shakespeare adaptation, will star the likes of Denzel Washington and recent Oscar winner Frances McDormand. Elsewhere in the cast, Coen has recruited Bertie Carvel, Brendan Gleeson, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Kathryn Hunter, Harry Melling and more.
In what marks a pivotal moment in the filmography of the quite brilliant Coen Brothers, The Tragedy of Macbeth marks the first time that a film has been directed by one of the brothers without the other being involved. Joel Coen, taking the reigns solo, has written and directed the project.
In what has been a long process in the making, Joel Coen announced back in early 2019 that he would venture out on his own for the fresh take on the now-iconic William Shakespeare play. While the cast has slowly grown since that announcement, filming didn’t begin until February 7th, 2020, when Coen attempted to make the film appear “untethered from reality” during production in Los Angeles.
Shot in black and white, Coen, like the majority working within the film industry, has been forced to deal with Covid-19 production delays in the creation of The Tragedy of Macbeth, which halted filming for a period of time. Other issues have also been overcome, such as producer Scott Rudin being removed as a producer on the film after allegations of abuse emerged.
While Joel is without his brother on this effort, he has reunited with frequent collaborators such as cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, composer Carter Burwell and costume designer Mary Zophres.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is due to be released later this year.