The Weinstein Company has released the first official U.S. trailer for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, which is actually shorter than the official teaser trailer put out by StudioCanal U.K. earlier this summer, because apparently we’re all using different definitions of “teaser” and “trailer” these days. But despite its brevity, the trailer offers some new footage not seen in the two preview clips released in May or the teaser. The overall tone and look are the same: a gloomy and highly stylized take on the Macbeth tale that makes full use of the freedoms granted by staging the story on expansive movie sets.

With its carefully composed and framed shots, the trailer plays out a bit like a string of potential cover photos or screen savers, but we’re reminded that we’re actually watching a narrative film because of the intense performances from leads Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Marion Cotillard (Lady Macbeth). It still isn’t entirely clear how the adaptation will incorporate or interpret the witches, though they do appear briefly a couple of times in the trailer.

A lovely screen saver!
Which friend will make this their Facebook cover photo first?

Macbeth premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and will be released in the U.K. on October 2. The film will have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on December 4.

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