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Sanaa Lathan And Terrence Howard To Star In “Macbett”
Actor Terrence Howard is ready to flex his executive producer skills as he teams up with an all-star cast of black star power including Hollyweird banger Sanaa Lathan, Blair Underwood and Evan Ross for the film remake of the classic William Shakespeare play “Macbeth.”
The film, which will feature Howard and Lathan in starring roles, will be titled “Macbett” and be directed by Aleta Chappelle marking the first time ever that an African-American female has directed a Shakespeare play-inspired film adaptation.
As the filmmakers describe their new take on the play: “after a gallant military victory, General Macbett (Howard) 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 (Lathan) .
“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”.
Though this is the first film of a black version of Macbeth, it is not the first time this has been done. Back in the 1936 Orson Welles, a few years before he directed his film Citizen Kane, directed a black stage version in New York set in Haiti, called Voodoo Macbeth which caused a sensation back in its day.
This sounds like it could be pretty good. Will you be checking for ‘Macbett’ when it comes out?