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Michael Fassbender has mastered the intense stare. (FanPop)

Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the lead in a new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, reports BBC News.

The casting is yet to be confirmed by Fassbender himself but multiple publications are reporting the X-Men star will take on the role of the Scottish lord Macbeth and he will speak in the original Scottish language.

There have been many adaptations of Macbeth, including James McAvoy recently taking a turn in a staging in London’s West End (nominated for an Olivier Award), and it sounds like director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will be going from the gut and tackling the script with a “visceral approach.”

The production, written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, would see Fassbender reunite with Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.

The story revolves around a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from three witches who suggest he will be king one day. Rather than relying on fate, the general takes things into his own hands. The story is reportedly considered to be Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy.

Fassbender playing dark? We can definitely see that.

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By Brigid Brown