Toronto: Rupert Grint Lined Up for 'Macbeth' Adaptation

Rupert Grint Horizontal - H 2013
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Rupert Grint Horizontal - H 2013

British distributor Kaleidoscope boards "Enemy of Man," directed by Vincent Regan and starring Sean Bean as the tragic antihero.

TORONTO – U.K. banner Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has struck a deal for worldwide distribution rights to Enemy of Man, a reworking of Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth, which boasts Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as part of the cast.

Kaleidoscope will begin pre-sales during the Toronto International Film Festival on the title, which is set to begin filming in January of 2014 and stars Sean Bean as the tragic antihero.

Kaleidoscope will also distribute the title in the U.K.

Also starring alongside Bean and Grint is Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class), James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas), Neil Maskell (Kill List) and Joe Gilgun (This is England).

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Vincent Regan directs this latest version, billed as a retelling of a timeless tale of war, regicide, betrayal and untimely revenge.

"Although 400 years old, Shakespeare’s work feels truly contemporary," Regan said. "An ambitious childless couple; their longing for family replaced by a chilling pursuit of absolute power. Remaining true to its dark heart, we will strip back the dialogue, crank up the action and produce an atmospheric and blood-soaked chiller."

The film is produced by Steve Harvey (St. George’s Day), Roopesh Parekh (Da Vinci's Demons), Regan and Jasper Smith (Playjam).

KFD's upcoming release slate includes Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, Frightfest festival opener The Seasoning House and Studio Hamburg’s nature film The Green Planet.

The project won't be the only Macbeth movie adaptation at Toronto. Snowtown's Justin Kurzel's version, starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth and Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, is also looking to pique U.S. buyers' interest.

StudioCanal is financing the majority of the Fassbender version with Film4, the movie-making arm of the U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, and will handle international sales.