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Here Is the First Mesmerizing Trailer for Michael Fassbender's Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes, and that, my friends, is fantastic. The trailer for the newest Macbeth adaption, starring gorgeous creatures Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, awaits you on YouTube. Your heart will race for its duration.

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Directed by Justin Kurtzel, the film garnered praise at the Cannes Film Festival. Judging by the trailer alone, its positive reception is unsurprising. At a breathless pace the trailer promises sinister beauty and blood, humanity stripped of all but visceral desires. As Lady MacBeth, Cotillard simultaneously evokes both the Virgin Mary and Morgan Le Fay.

According to GQ, Macbeth will be Fassbender’s defining role. Those of us partial to the Victorian period film might have difficulty conceiving him as anyone other than Jane Eyre’s Rochester, but I for one am perfectly content to have the option. (As you watch the trailer, keep your eyes peeled for a flash of shirtless Fassbender.)

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Macbeth will be released in the U.S. on December 4th. You can memorize your favorite Shakespearean monologue in the meantime.


Contact the author at rachel.vorona.cote@jezebel.com.

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As you watch the trailer, keep your eyes peeled for a flash of shirtless Fassbender.

So let me get this straight... we have here one of the greatest plays in the English canon, from which a great film has been made. With some excellent actors. But instead of enjoying said film for its visual —well, judging from the clip— splendour, and enjoying the quality of the play itself as interpreted by some very fine actors, you suggest keeping my eyes peeled for someones bare chest. Because what? Feminism? This is feminism? This is what we women fought for? This is how we wish to be represented, like fucking illiterate idiots? Is this the train to the new world order or something? Because if it is, I wish to get off at the next station.

I like education. I like enlarging my scope on things, I like information. There was a time when Jezebel represented these... interests of mine (and perhaps others’, there must be others, no?). But now I am given to understand by the above that I, as a free, unapologetically intelligent woman, must be an... anachronism. That, according to Jezebel’s present... culture, is what I have become. An anachronism. Because me, I am suffering severe disgust at what is spewed my way in the name of something I was rather proud of. Feminism. Feminism indeed.