Having played Macbeth back in my sixth form drama days (in a kilt no less), the news of Michael Fassbender starring as the Scottish king intrigued me from day one.

And, with the October 2 release date drawing ever closer, a new trailer for the film has arrived, along with a couple of posters.

In case you need it (you probably don’t), here’s the synopsis for the latest take on Shakespeare’s classic:

MACBETH is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.

MACBETH is brought to you by director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and the producers of The King’s Speech and Shame. Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

The star-studded cast also includes Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s the new posters:

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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.