Pairing A-listers together is a fun game for film fans to play. Imagining who could co-star together in an epic Oscar contender has even been something the #ACCIRCUITBREAKER podcast has engaged in. Especially for new interpretations of classic material, it adds an interesting extra layer to things. Well, for Joel Coen, he’s gone and done that in real life for an upcoming project of his.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story, which spills the beans on Coen wanting to cast Denzel Washington to star opposite his wife Frances McDormand in a new version of “Macbeth.” Coen has written the screenplay and will direct, marking a film project separate from those with his brother Ethan Coen. Scott Rudin is on board to produce. McDormand and Washington would be a powerhouse pair for Coen.
Here’s a bit from the article:
Denzel Washington is in talks to join Frances McDormand in Joel Coen’s Macbeth, a big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Coen, McDormand’s husband, who directed her in Fargo, is penning Macbeth and will direct. Scott Rudin is set to produce.
Oscar-winner Washington was most recently seen in Sony’s The Equalizer 2 and is set to take a step behind the camera to direct A Journal for Jordan, starring Michael B. Jordan. Washington is repped by WME.
McDormand, also an Oscar winner, performed the role of Lady Macbeth on stage in a 2016 production by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Washington as King Macbeth is a baity proposition. McDormand and Washington are already Oscar winners, but “Macbeth” easily could put them into Academy Award contention once again.