‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ Teaser: Denzel Washington Has Blood On His Hands In Joel Coen’s Shakespeare Adaptation

The trick to adapting Shakespeare is to find a way to give the material your own voice, a spin that is unique. For Joel Coen, working for the first time without his brother Ethan, it’s perhaps essential that his solo debut, The Tragedy of Macbeth, also be a way for him to show what kind of filmmaker he can be. It’s material everybody knows, but Coen has found a way to make sure his version will be at the top of conversation this awards season: cast Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

Undeniably, the biggest draw for The Tragedy of Macbeth is its two leads. You simply don’t get much better than Denzel and McDormand. And sure enough, the reviews for both performances have been soaring since the film debuted at New York Film Festival. Surrounding them in the cast are Corey Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Harry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, and Kathryn Hunter. Moses Ingram, Ralph Ineson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Brian Thompson, and Richard Short.

Here’s the very brief synopsis: Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s bold and fierce adaptation; a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.

The Tragedy of Macbeth opens in select theaters on Christmas Day, before moving to Apple TV+ on January 14th 2022.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.