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Check out these exclusive posters for Michael Fassbender's Macbeth

Macbeth has unleashed two new atmospheric posters, and you can get the exclusive first look right here.

The new film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Scottish play comes from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the Macbeths (the trio will next be teaming up for Assassin's Creed).

In case you snoozed through GCSE English, Macbeth tells the story of a general whose ambition takes him down a very dark road. After three witches predict he'll become the king of Scotland, he hurries along the prophecy with murder, spurred on by Lady Macbeth. But with his mind wracked with paranoia, his sanity starts to slip.

Kurzel's raw but stylised interpretation looks unlike anything you've seen on stage, and has more in common with the earthy brutality of Game Of Thrones. For Kurzel, it was the choice of leading man that helped to keep things grounded. "I think Macbeth can be played quite hysterical, in terms of his dismantling, but there was a dignity, I thought, that Michael would bring to the madness. A kind of quietness. He's always that actor where you lean into the screen. There's a mystery about him."

Fassbender's route into the character came when Kurzel identified Macbeth's visions as symptoms of PTSD. "It was so obvious when he said it," recalls Fassbender. "It's in the text. We know he's had [visions] before, and he's seeing things, which is classic PTSD."

These exclusive posters certainly play up the film's stylised qualities, featuring Macbeth in the fog of battle, and the witches who'll whisper the poisoned prophecy. Check them out below...

Macbeth opens in the UK on on October 2, 2015 and the US on December 4, 2015.

For much more on Macbeth from Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Justin Kurzel, pick up the new issue of Total Film magazine, on sale now!

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.