There’s always a Shakespeare film adaptation or two in the pipeline. Sometime later this year Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline will be released, and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard is slated for 2015. Now there’s another low-budget, independent version of Macbeth in the works from veteran bit player Vincent Regan, whose credits include 300, Troy, and BBC’s Shakespeare Re-Told series.
Regan has turned to Kickstarter in order to raise the $250,000 to cover preproduction costs, but the real story is the cast the first-time director has been able to pull together, at least for the 8-minute proof-of-concept excerpted in the Kickstarter trailer. Enemy Of Man will inadvertently grant Ned Stark a chance for vengeance upon House Lannister, as Sean Bean plays the doomed Scottish Lord, while fellow Game Of Thrones veteran Charles Dance takes the role of King Duncan. If the film comes to fruition, it will add to the litany of projects where Bean’s death is an inevitability—but at the very least, it will also grant fans of House Stark a brief moment of victory.
Though there’s no Lady Macbeth announced yet (though Michelle Fairley must be wrapping up the new season of 24 sometime soon), the rest of the cast includes James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) as Banquo, Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class, Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels) as Macduff, and Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint as Ross. You know, Ross, that one Scottish thane, the unforgettable marquee role after Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Macduff, Banquo, and the Witches.
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