StudioCanal and Film4 announced today the start of principal photography on See-Saw Films’ production of Macbeth. The film will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

MACBETH is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Academy-Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Academy-Award® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose). The film also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).

MACBETH is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.

Academy-Award® winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Shame) produce with Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger). See-Saw have developed the project alongside Film4. StudioCanal will majority finance with Film4.

Director of photography is Adam Arkapaw (Animal Kingdom, Snowtown), production designer is Fiona Crombie (Snowtown, Top of the Lake). Costumes are designed by Academy-Award® winner Jacqueline Durran (Atonement, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), make-up and hair designer is Academy-Award® winner Jenny Shircore (The Invisible Woman, My Week With Marilyn). The screenplay was written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso.

StudioCanal will distribute Macbeth in the UK, France & Germany handling International Sales. The Weinstein Company will distribute in the US.

Macbeth is a See-Saw Films production in association with DMC Film, Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A. and Creative Scotland.

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