Denzel Washington is teaming up with Frances McDormand to take on a Shakespearean classic, and the Oscar bells are already going off in our head.
The 64-year-old actor is in early talks to star in an all-new film adaptation of Macbeth, according to Deadline. The movie will be written and directed by Joel Coen (True Grit), with Scott Rudin (Lady Bird) serving as an executive producer.
This won’t be the first time Macbeth receives the big screen treatment. Back in 1948, the first film based on the Shakespeare classic hit theaters, which starred Orson Welles and Jeanette Nolan. While numerous versions followed, the most recent was released in 2015, featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish lord who believes that he’s destined to become the King of Scotland, thanks to a trio of witches. With the help of his wife, Lady Macbeth, he takes it upon himself to seize the crown.
The new version is bound to make headlines, considering both actors are proud Oscar winners. Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1990 for Glory, followed by Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2002 for Training Day.
McDormand took home the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role twice: once in 1997 for Fargo and again in 2018 for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Oh, and did we mention Coen also won an Oscar for No Country for Old Men and Fargo?
Consider us sold.