Black Reel Awards winner Terrence Howard stars and executive produces an updated Caribbean version of the classic story, Macbeth titled, Macbett!!!
Howard headlines alongside fellow Black Reel Award winners Sanaa Lathan and Harry Lennix are all set to star in a new film version of William Shakespeare’s classic, set to start pre-production in September on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Blair Underwood and Evan Ross also will join the cast of the film which is written and directed by Aleta Chappelle, who will be the first Amercan-American woman to direct a film version of a Shakespeare play.
This updated take on the story is described as the aftermath “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.”
While this is first version of the play directed by an African-American, it is not the first all-Black version. Director Orson Welles directed a Black stage version back in 1936 called Voodoo Macbeth, which caused quite an uproar.