Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

From the producer of The King’s Speech comes this stirring version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, starring awards-season favorites Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. A post-high school refresher: Macbeth (Fassbender), a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from three witches that he will one day become king. Determined to make this dream a reality and aided by the machinations of his power-hungry wife he begins taking desperate measures to ascend to the throne.

But once he reaches the top, guilt and paranoia overwhelm him.

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Photo Gallery

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