Michael Fassbender is the fourth actor of the X-Men franchise to play Macbeth and the only one who never played the character on stage before. His co-stars James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have all played the role on stage and on screen. Fassbender is the second Magneto, following two Professor Xs.
Natalie Portman was originally cast as Lady Macbeth, but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Marion Cotillard.
Visibility was so poor at the Isle of Skye during filming in early February 2014, that Marion Cotillard had strayed into a bog and disappeared from view. It had taken two crew members to fish her out while the mud sucked at her feet.
Paddy Considine and Sean Harris have previously starred together in Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009).
Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971) was also filmed at Bamburgh.
Shakespeare's Macbeth has little to do with Macbeth, the King. The real Macbeth (Mac Bethad mac Findlaích) was one of Scotland's better kings.
Before directing this film, Justin Kurzel worked as a designer of a stage production of the play in which his wife played Lady Macbeth.
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Justin Kurzel will work together again in Assassin's Creed (2016).
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