The powerhouse duo star in the first teaser trailer for The Tragedy of Macbeth, written for screen and directed by McDormand's husband, Joel Cohen.
Washington stars as Lord Macbeth while McDormand, whose face isn't seen until the end of the trailer, stars as Lady Macbeth. The trailer doesn't give much other than a gloomy and foreboding theme, but it does deliver the play's most famous line.
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," says a witchy voiceover in the trailer.
The teaser comes days before the film is set to open the New York Film Festival on Friday.
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According to the festival's release, The Tragedy of Macbeth serves as a "boldly inventive visualization of The Scottish Play," resulting in "an anguished film that stares, mouth agape, at a sorrowful world undone by blind greed and thoughtless ambition."
"A strikingly inward Denzel Washington is the man who would be king, and an effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand is his Lady, a couple driven to political assassination — and deranged by guilt — after the cunning prognostications of a trio of 'weird sisters' (a virtuoso physical inhabitation by Kathryn Hunter)," the description adds.
Aside from The Tragedy of Macbeth, McDormand, 64, is among the many ensemble cast members in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, which recently had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. It also screens at the New York Film Festival.
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