Brendan Gleeson In Talks To Join Denzel Washington In Joel Coen’s Macbeth

Brendan Gleeson

by James White |
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If it wasn't already enticing to learn that Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand would be starring together in a new film from Joel Coen, now comes word via Collider that Brendan Gleeson will also be part of the cast.

The film in question is the latest cinematic iteration of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, which might be cause for rolling eyes in some quarters since it's such a well-trodden path. But with Joel Coen in the director's chair (working for the first time without brother Ethan), it's still something intriguing.

Macbeth, of course, follows the title character (Washington here), who is convinced by a trio of witches that he's destined to become king of Scotland. Along with his ambitious wife (McDormand), he sets out to made the prediction a reality... And the result is lots of blood, betrayal and death.

Gleeson would be King Duncan in the film, though according to Collider's sources, his deal isn't yet locked because he's still figuring out his schedule for playing Donald Trump in a new miniseries. Lots of madness at the top either way, then. With or without Gleeson, Coen will be aiming to start shooting early next year.

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