Justin Kurzel’s new production of Macbeth is due to start filming in January. It is aiming to be as faithful to the play as possible, keeping the 11th century setting and Shakespearean dialogue but taking advantage of the freedom of film to add full blown battle scenes to the action.
Starring Michael Fassbender in the title role, he was to be accompanied as Natalie Portman as his wife, the infamous Lady Macbeth. However, it’s just been announced that Portman has left the project and the role will instead be taken by Marion Cotillard.
Given her work in Rust and Bone and La Vie en Rose, Cotillard is likely to bring a wide range of emotion to the villainess. Shakespeare is known for his wicked characters and Lady Macbeth is one of the worst. However, have a look at some of these evil faces from other Shakespeare film adaptations.
5. Warm Bodies – the Bonies
Featuring star crossed lovers and a balcony scene, Warm Bodies is Romeo and Juliet all over again, just with the added extra of zombies. The film adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel stars Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie whose love for Julie Grigio (Teresa Palmer) gets his heart beating again.
Set in a world after zombies have taken over, the film is noted for portraying the zombies’ perspective, as we follow R, who spends his days shuffling around an airport, looking for brains to eat. When he consumes them, he is able to relive part of that person’s life, so when R and his fellow zombies come across a group of foraging humans, resulting in the death of Julie’s boyfriend, Perry (Dave Franco), R falls in love with Julie after eating Perry’s brains. R saves Julie from the rest of the zombies, taking her back to his airplane base and as they spend time together, he becomes increasingly human and less zombie. However, the more human he and the other zombies become, the more they are a target for the Bonies, malevolent skeletal former zombies who are nothing but bone and an all-consuming hunger for anything with a heartbeat.
The Bonies are fast, mean and ruthless. They cannot be reasoned with and they’re incredibly difficult to kill. Although not as nuanced as other Shakespeare villains, they’re certainly one of the most fearsome.