Corey Hawkins in Talks for Joel Coen’s Macbeth

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Corey Hawkins in Talks for Joel Coen's Macbeth

Corey Hawkins in talks for Joel Coen’s Macbeth

The cast for Joel Coen’s upcoming adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth is shaping up to be an all-star ensemble as Straight Outta Compton and Kong: Skull Island star Corey Hawkins is in talks to join a roster led by Denzel Washington, according to Collider.

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The iconic Shakespeare tale follows a lord (Washington) who’s convinced by a trio of witches that he’s destined to become the king of Scotland. With the help of his ambitious wife (Frances McDormand), Macbeth tries to seize the crown by any means necessary.

Emmy winner Brendan Gleeson is also in talks to join the cast as King Duncan in the adaptation, which is being produced by indie powerhouse A24 with Hawkins’ role currently being kept under wraps.

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Oscar winner Coen and his brother’s recent Netflix feature, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, earned the filmmakers an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Hawkins found his big break with the major role of portraying a young Dr. Dre in 2015’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and followed it up with a regular role on the sixth and seventh seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead and the lead role on Fox’s attempted spin-off revival 24: Legacy until it was cancelled after one season. He would also go on to have major roles in the monster blockbuster Kong: Skull Island and biographic crime drama BlacKkKlansman and will next be seen Netflix’s vigilante action blockbuster 6 Underground from Michael Bay, which will release on December 13.

Production on Macbeth is slated for the end of the year. Scott Rudin is producing with A24 attached to distribute.

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