In May of this year, it was confirmed that Apple TV + had secured the upcoming film “The Drama of Macbeth” by director and writer Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men, Hail, Caesar!). At that time, Apple confirmed that it would again rely on the partnership with the production company A24 for the production, in order to bring the film not only on Apple TV +, but also on the big screen. The BFI London Film Festival has now announced that the premiere of the ambitious drama will be celebrated at the end of the festival on October 17, 2021.
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” is Coen’s latest film and features several award-winning actors, including Oscar-winning actors Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in the lead roles. The film will hit theaters worldwide later this year before it hits Apple TV +. When “The Drama of Macbeth” will be available on Apple TV + is not yet known. What is certain, however, is that Apple’s ambitious drama will make its first appearance at the London Film Festival on October 17, 2021.
This year the festival takes place for the 65th time. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” premieres at the LFF Gala in the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Center. The official announcement of the film festival confirmed that the director and writer of the film, Coen himself, will also be present at the premiere.
The announcement states:
“We fell in love with Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play,” says Tricia Tuttle, director of the BFI London Film Festival. Set in a magical space between theater and cinema, this is a breathtaking production. Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery black and white photography captures the atmospheric, almost expressionistic stage sets by designer Stefan Dechant, and Carter Burwell has written a magical film score. And while the ensemble – including many British talent – is consistently outstanding, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington fascinate as the couple whose political ambition became their undoing. So many of us missed the cinema experience last year, and this is a perfect celebration of this art form that builds on age-old storytelling traditions but uses truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awe-inspiring grandeur and spectacle. It is a great privilege to close the LFF with a film of this extraordinary caliber and to welcome Joel Coen and his staff to the festival. “
As mentioned, the cast of the film is top-notch. Denzel Washington (Fallen, Fences) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) star in the lead roles. Then there are Kathryn Hunter (Rome), Corey Hawkins (Kong: Skull Island), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Bertie Carvel (Babylon), Harry Melling (Harry Potter series) and Alex Hassell (Cold Mountain).