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04/06/2015 07:55 BST | Updated 04/06/2015 07:59 BST

Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Star In First Trailer For Highly-Acclaimed New 'Macbeth'

The first trailer for the stunning new screen version of 'Macbeth' has appeared, showing Michael Fassbender in spellbinding form as the demonised Scottish king.

'The Scottish play' comes to UK cinemas on 2 October, following its overwhelmingly positive at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The highly-anticipated tale of ambition, love, murder and betrayal in the Scottish highlands is directed by Australian Justin Kurzel, whose breakthrough film was the downbeat tale of true murder 'Snowtown'.

Playing the complex Lady Macbeth is Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, and the film also stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabethy Debicki.

Michael Fassbender explained to journalists in Cannes that his interpretation of the much-analysed ambitious King, relied on believing Macbeth to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He said then, “We know soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan ... have these hallucinations. That made so much sense to me. From the beginning [Macbeth] sees the witches and [exhibits] this sort of unhinged behaviour.”

Justin Kurzel's film also implies the couple to have suffered the loss of children prior to the events of the film, which sees them plotting to take the Scottish throne, based on their understanding of witches' prophecies, and which means the murder of Macbeth's mentor Duncan.

'Macbeth' will be in UK cinemas from 2 October.

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