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Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard To Star In Film Version Of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ With A Caribbean Twist
If you’re a person who enjoys when popular plays and movies are remade with all-Black casts, you’ll be thrilled to know that a Caribbean version of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is in the works. The starring lineup for the film version of the play entitled, Macbett, includes Sanaa Lathan, Harry Lennix, Blair Underwood, Evan Ross and Terrence Howard, who is also executive producing the film, reports Shadow and Act.
A brief synopsis of the remake, as per Macbett‘s filmmakers reads:
“After a gallant military victory, General Macbett encounters the “Weird Sisters,” who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky. They delight in manipulating Macbett by feeding him predictions of royal titles including “King.” Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett. As Macbett and his Lady spiral downward, indulging in treachery and political assassinations, they are soon haunted by their murderous deeds and driven mad. In a true exemplification of a tragedy, Macbett is defeated by his own zealous thirst for power, a heartbreaking end to a once beloved Hero.”
Terrence Howard will be playing the role of Macbett, while Sanaa Lathan will starring side-by-side with the Red Tails actor, as she will be playing the role of Lady Macbett. Howard’s co-executive producers include ReShaun Frear and Kip Konwiser. Pre-production for Macbett begins September 2013. The film will be shot in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Uh, can you say amazing? I am too stoked about this Macbeth remake!
What are your thoughts on Macbett? What do you think of producers deciding to spice up the storyline by adding a Caribbean twist?
(San Jose Mercury News) — It was a brilliant idea — staging George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with an all-black cast, with Professor Henry Higgins studying the black dialects of Oakland instead of the British dialects of London. It was more than a decade ago that San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company staged the play, and L. Peter Callender, an actor well known to theater fans across the Bay Area for his powerful portrayals in classic works, recalls it vividly. “Yes, yes, I do remember,” says Callender. “I was impressed. I thought, ‘Wow!’ It was a wonderful play.” And now, as African-American Shakespeare’s artistic director, Callender can explore his own ideas in classic and contemporary theater.