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Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand appear in eerie The Tragedy Of Macbeth trailer

The Tragedy Of Macbeth: A dagger-wielding Denzel Washington sheds blood in the name of power as Frances McDormand surveys the madness in eerie new teaser


Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand look ready to take control of Scotland in newest trailer for The Tragedy Of Macbeth.

The actor, 66, and Frances McDormand, 64, will play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respectively in the upcoming film based on the Shakespeare tragedy and produced by A24.

The latest teaser shows a dagger-wielding Washington assassinating the reigning king of Scotland after a prophecy suggests that he is next to assume the throne.

Pursuit of power: Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand look ready to take control of Scotland in newest trailer for The Tragedy Of Macbeth 

At the start, Washington’s Macbeth is seen making his way down a sparsely lit hallway.

In voice over, Macbeth says, ‘Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell. That summons thee to heaven or to hell,’ before he plunged his knife into the aforementioned Duncan, played by In Bruges actor Brendan Gleeson. 

Frances McDormand’s Lady Macbeth is shown once in the trailer as she stares dramatically out a window before turning her back. 

Like the play, the film centers around an ambitious lord who believes he will become the King of Scotland after speaking to three witches.

He then takes extreme measures to ensure his interpretation of their prophecy comes true. 

Striding down the hall: First, the trailer shows Washington's Macbeth as he makes his way down a sparsely lit hallway

Striding down the hall: First, the trailer shows Washington’s Macbeth as he makes his way down a sparsely lit hallway

A warning to Duncan: In voice over, Macbeth said, 'Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell. That summons thee to heaven or to hell,' before he plunged his knife into the aforementioned Duncan

A warning to Duncan: In voice over, Macbeth said, ‘Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell. That summons thee to heaven or to hell,’ before he plunged his knife into the aforementioned Duncan

A quick look at Lady Macbeth: Frances McDormand's Lady Macbeth is shown once in the trailer as she dramatically stared out the window before turning away

A quick look at Lady Macbeth: Frances McDormand’s Lady Macbeth is shown once in the trailer as she dramatically stared out the window before turning away

On top of Washington, McDormand and Gleeson, the cast also features In the Heights star Corey Hawkins, Harry Potter actor Harry Melling and Barry actor Stephen Root will all appear in the movie.  

The Tragedy of Macbeth will be the most recent film produced by A24, the same company that made Minari, Uncut Gems and Midsommar. 

The film is set for release in theaters on Christmas Day and on AppleTV+ on January 14.   

Set for a Christmas release: Audiences can see Washington kill his way to the crown in theaters on Christmas Day and on AppleTV+ on January 14

Set for a Christmas release: Audiences can see Washington kill his way to the crown in theaters on Christmas Day and on AppleTV+ on January 14 

Working hard: Both McDormand and Washington, seen here in September 2021, have a number of upcomingprojects

Working hard: Both McDormand and Washington, seen here in September 2021, have a number of upcomingprojects

A24 will also release Red Rocket next month about an adult film star who returns to his hometown and doesn’t receive a very warm welcome. 

The Tragedy of Macbeth isn’t Washington’s only movie that will come out this year. He also directed A Journal for Jordan starring Michael B. Jordan. It is set for release next month.  

McDormand, on the other hand, will soon star in Women Talking, a movie about women in a Mennonite religious colony who struggle with their religion after a series of sexual assaults committed by the men in the colony.   

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