‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, starring Academy Award winners, Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, will officially release on December 25 in select theatres. It will globally debut on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022. The film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth and directed by Joel Coen.
The premier event at the Directors Guild of America theater was attended by writer-director Joel Coen, Frances McDormand starring as Lady Macbeth and Denzel Washington starring as Macbeth.
Other cast members like Corey Hawkins, Moses Ingram, Alex Hassell, Sean Patrick Thomas, Stephen Root and Lucas Barker, and producer Robert Graf also attended the event. Apple VP, Eddy Cue was also present at the premiere.
The official synopsis reads:
“A tale of murder, madness, ambition and wrathful cunning.”
In his speech about the adaptation, Director Coen said:
“This is an adaptation of a play that’s almost 400 years old. It’s stood the test of time. Time is in many ways what this movie is about.”
“Time is a seam that runs through the play. It’s mentioned in the text over 40 times. It’s a murder story in which the playwright has woven that obsession into the story”, he added.
On his experience about working with Coen, Denzel Washington said:
“Everyone has different gifts. I’ve worked with so many great directors, from Spike [Lee] to Jonathan Demme. Everybody’s different, but Joel’s focus and attention to detail are really incredible.”
Hawkins starring as Macduff said:
“For a young kid to see these Black actors up there doing Shakespeare, it’s like, ‘Yes, wow, we can do that.”
“We have as much ownership of that as anyone else does and we can do that if we want. And I just feel fortunate that I get to be a part of that”, he added.
The film is being produced by Apple Original Films and A24 in unison. ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ also premiered earlier this year at the New York Film Festival.