Kenneth Branagh's Gritty, Immersive Macbeth Will Be Filmed By Martin Scorsese

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Kenneth Branagh's acclaimed immersive production of Macbeth will be filmed by Martin Scorsese, the Daily Mail reports.

Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth
Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth Photo by Stephanie Berger

Following its original production at Manchester International Festival, Branagh's staging of the Scottish tragedy was presented in New York at the Park Avenue Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall in June 2014.

The Daily Mail reports that Scorsese hopes to film a documentary about Branagh's production by reuniting the original cast and filming performances over the course of a few weeks at Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

The dark, gritty production focused on the elements of nature, including fire, water and dirt and staged several violent battles.

An Academy Award winner, Scorsese has directed "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Gangs of New York," "Taxi Driver" and "Mean Streets," among others.

Directed by Branagh and Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), the New York production featured five-time Academy Award nominee Branagh ("Hamlet," "My Week with Marilyn") as the ambitious Thane of Cawdor and Alex Kingston ("Doctor Who," "Arrow") as Lady Macbeth. Read Playbill.com's interview with Kingston, about the "physical, passionate relationship" between Lady Macbeth and her husband, here.

The New York cast also included Richard Coyle (Proof, Donmar Warehouse) as Macduff; Scarlett Strallen (Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Lady Macduff; Tom Godwin (The Taming of the Shrew, Globe) as Porter; Edward Harrison (Henry V, West End) as Lennox; Dylan Clark Marshall ("Revolutionary Road"); Zachary Spicer (Wit, Manhattan Theatre Club); and Kate Tydman (Kiss Me, Kate; Old Vic) as a Swing.

Read critics' reviews of Macbeth

Read Playbill.com's interview with Ashford, on his first experience directing Shakespeare, here

The creative team for Macbeth included set and costume designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer Christopher Shutt. The production featured compositions by Patrick Doyle. Terry King was fight director, Carol Hemming was hair and make-up consultant, Paul Kieve was illusion consultant, Lee Newby was associate designer, and Chris Bailey was associate choreographer. Rupert Cross was music programmer, Russell Jackson was text advisor, and Anne McNulty was casting director. Additional New York casting is by Telsey + Company.

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