Joel Coen is adapting Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and it seems he may land some top talent.
Multi-Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are reportedly looking to join. They're in early talks to team up, according to Deadline's intel. Coen, who is married to McDormand, is writing the script and plans to direct as well.
The project will be the next in a long line of screen versions of "Macbeth." In fact, there was a Hollywood version as recently as 2015, Justin Kurzel's film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The original play is a tragedy that follows the titular character, a Scottish general, as he attempts to usurp the Scottish throne after hearing a prophecy from three witches. He does indeed gain power, but he soon finds there are unexpected consequences to his actions.
Washington and McDormand are both celebrated actors, with two Academy Awards each. He won for "Glory" and "Training Day," while she won for "Fargo" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Washington most recently starred in "The Equalizer 2," and McDormand lent her voice to 2018's "Isle of the Dogs."
Coen, of course, has received his fair share of accolades as well. He is a four-time Oscar winner, having been honored as a writer, director, and producer.
Scott Rudin is producing "Macbeth" and A24 is reportedly set to distribute.