Double, double, toil and trouble: 'Macbeth' comes to screens

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard bring Shakespeare's Macbeth to life

Get your daggers ready, friends: The homicidally ambitious Macbeth and his wife, plus the frightening trio of witches who steer their fates, are headed back to movie screens.

Shakespeare's great play has been adapted as a film many times. The 2015 movie version stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, and is directed by Justin Kurzel. It seems faithful to the Scottish setting, full of fog and gloom. There are also plenty of swords and Shakespearean couplets.

Other films of "Macbeth" include the bloody 1971 movie directed by Roman Polanski, the 1961 film starring Sean Connery and Zoe Caldwell, and the 1948 version directed by and starring Orson Welles.

"Macbeth" 2015 does not yet have a specific American release date, but it is expected to land in the fall, when skies are gray and Oscar season is in gear. It is to debut in Britain on Oct. 2.

People who want to brush up on the original can read it online at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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