Long before medieval sex, violence and supernaturalism took over our TV screens every Sunday night on Game of Thrones, William Shakespeare wrote about this stuff four centuries ago in one of his most famous tragedies, Macbeth.
It's no surprise then that the newly released trailer for the latest film adaptation of Macbeth makes it look like the king, queen and thanes of Shakespeare's Scotland of the Middle Ages could fit in nicely with the denizens of Westeros.
Like Game of Thrones, this new version of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender in the titular role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, doesn't romanticize the monarchy. You've got your witches, your political maneuvering and manipulation for power, your highly stylized battle scenes. All in all, the latest film adaptation of Macbeth is dark and gritty, keeping in line with the trend of most reboots and remakes these days.
That's really how it should be anyway. Macbeth isn't called a tragedy for nothing. The play is all about what lengths people will go to for power and how that ultimately affects them, i.e. not well. Just like Game of Thrones, you shouldn't expect Macbeth to have a happy ending either.
Macbeth is directed by Justin Kurzel, best known for 2011's The Snowtown Murders. Kurzel will team up with Fassbender and Cotillard again for the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed, set for a Dec. 21, 2016 release.
Macbeth hits U.K. theaters Oct. 2. The film is still awaiting a U.S. release date. Watch the complete trailer below.