Studiocanal and Film4 announced yesterday the start of principal photography on See-Saw Films’ production of ‘Macbeth‘. The film will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.
We learn that in addition to Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender the film also stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki. 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 Taylor Soldier Spy), make-up and hair designer is Academy-Award winner Jenny Shircore (The Invisible Woman, My Life With Marilyn). The screenplay was written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso.
Studiocanal will distribute Macbeth in the UK, France & Germany and is 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.
And this is the official synopsis:
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.
Scotsman reports that filming will take place in several spectacular locations in the north of the Isle of Skye in Scotland as well as in Hankley Common in Surrey, Cambridge and Oxford in England. Arts agency Creative Scotland supports the movie with £200,000. It’s chief executive Janet Archer said:
We are delighted to support Justin Kurzel’s film, working in partnership with See-Saw, Film4, StudioCanal and the entire film-making team to produce this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard – arguably two of the more most inspiring and daring actors of our time. The Scottish film industry works hard to promote Scotland’s world-class talent, film locations, facilities and services. We encourage the international film industry to come and film in Scotland and it’s great to see productions of this stature making use of everything we have to offer.
According to The Foraging Photographer they’ve been building a film set at Hankley over the past couple of weeks. On exactly the site of Skyfall Lodge they are creating a medieval village with a little church. The Surrey heathland is standing in for Scotland again, and the filmmakers have been working hard to create that authentic foggy look with their smoke machines. There’s also a short video of them filming crowd fight scenes. Apparently, there was lots of smoke, shouting and the clash of swords. Very atmospheric with the sun occasionally sending shafts of light through the hazy fog of smoke. Visit The Foraging Photographer to check out some photos and the video.
UK tabloid Express reports a source as saying: “Marion worked with a voice coach to learn the [Scottish] accent but it drove her crazy and she feared she would ruin the film. The idea of Lady Macbeth speaking with a French accent is entirely legitimate, taking into account the French-Scottish alliance of that time.”