Apple Original Films are making some big waves in the industry as of late, and they’ve now acquired another major film that is sure to be a big topic of discussion in the upcoming awards season.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has made a deal with A24 to distribute Joel Coen’s upcoming feature The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Per Deadline’s report, the plan is to release the film theatrically in 2021’s fourth quarter before launching on Apple TV+.
On paper at least, this is a mammoth property and a huge grab for Apple. Joel Coen is making his solo debut as a feature filmmaker, his first film without his brother Ethan, and the bonafides of him, Washington, and McDormand don’t need to be stated for anyone. Alongside this dynamic trio, the film also has Coen regulars Bruno Delbonnel as cinematographer, Mary Zophres as costume designer, and Carter Burwell as composer, all artists who know a thing or two about awards season.
Washington and McDormand play, unsurprisingly, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the film, with a supporting cast that includes Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Kathryn Hunter, Harry Melling, and Brendan Gleeson.
This is just the most recent of Apple’s huge moves in the industry as of late, having recently attained the distribution rights for films like the Sundance award-winning smash CODA, the Tom Hanks-starring Finch, and of course Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated Killers of the Flower Moon.