Update: Allow me to preface this by saying that I'm not hating on Natalie Portman, I'm just TIRED of her:
Natalie Portman has been announced as the newest casting to Fassbender's film adaptation of Macbeth where she will play Lady Macbeth. Apparently, due to the terrible drought of talented Caucasian actresses in Hollywood of the past decade, especially those with a natural Scottish or British accent, producers had NO choice but to hire Natalie Portman, read more at IndieWire. /end sarcasm and migraine inducing eye rolling
As reported by Screendaily, Michael Fassbender will take on a most storied Shakespearean role, that of Macbeth, which will be directed by Justin Kurzel. This new role announcement tosses Michael's previously announced roles into a flux of sorts because it is not clear when filming will start on this Macbeth production. I'm sure many of us are familiar with Macbeth, however, the wikipedia page about Macbeth reminds us of the plot, and it is surely going to be something completely fantastic to see Michael in.
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself.
The play is believed to have been written between 1603 and 1607, and is most commonly dated 1606. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with the sovereign.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. His reign is racked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death. - source: Wikipedia
So, are you interested in seeing Fassbender as Macbeth?