A new adaptation of William Shakespeare's period tragedy Macbeth is in the works and Screen Daily reports that Michael Fassbender has signed on to play the title role. Snowtown director Justin Kurzel is set to helm.
The new film will retain the play's 11th century setting and is said to use the original dialogue as well. The story follows the devious Macbeth, a Scottish lord who will stop at nothing to become King.
Macbeth has made it to the big screen time and again. Geoffrey Wright directed a faithful adaptation in 2006 with Sam Worthington in the lead while, just a few years earlier, Billy Morissette restaged the action to a 1970's fast food chain in Scotland, PA.
Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso will provide the screenplay for Macbeth with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman producing.