Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to star in new Macbeth film adaptation

The two-time Oscar winners will play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Joel Coen's movie version of the Bard's tragedy


Looks like it’s time to brush up your Shakespeare: Oscar winners Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington are set to star in Joel Coen’s screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth.


Both actors have two Oscars each: Washington for Training Day and Glory, and McDormand for Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Joel Coen’s starry adaptation isn’t the first time Washington has featured in a Shakespeare film adaptation — he previously appeared as Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, alongside Emma Thompson.

The play follows a Scottish lord, Macbeth, who is informed by three witches that he will one day be king of Scotland — an ambition his wife is only too happy to help him achieve.


McDormand is also set to star in the upcoming adaptation of Good Omens, in which she’ll play the Voice of God.