The latest movie version of Macbeth is a UK production directed by Justin Kurzel. It’s based on Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth and stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.
As the original story gets underway, three witches are assembled to plan a meeting with Scots nobleman Macbeth. Returning from battle, Macbeth and his friend Banquo duly meet up with the witches who offer three predictions - Macbeth to become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland and Banquo's descendants to be kings.
Banquo laughs off the predictions but Macbeth is intrigued and spurred on when he is made Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan.
He sends a letter to Lady Macbeth and after a messenger tells Lady Macbeth that King Duncan is on his way to their castle she invokes evil spirits to help slay him. She persuades her husband to kill Duncan. There is doubt and suspicion all around on who committed the act but Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland.
Now he has to live in fear of the third prophecy about Banquo and decides to kill him and his son but the son escapes.
With so much blood on his hands, inevitably, Macbeth starts to see Banquo’s ghost.
Watch the movie to see how things end!
Shakespeare wielded quite a bit of artistic licence on history and wrote the play for James VI of Scotland (James I of England). The author was known to spend time with the King at Glamis Castle in Angus.
The real Macbeth was born several hundred years earlier than the Macbeth of the play around the year 1005. His mother was Donada, a daughter of King Malcolm II of Scotland, and his father was Findlay of clan Moray. Macbeth married Gruoch. Her first husband died at the hands of Malcolm's followers. To avenge his wife and dispute the throne, Macbeth brought Duncan's rule to an abrupt end in August 1040. Macbeth was then crowned High King of Scots at Scone, now Scone Palace near the city of Perth.