Lady Macbeth takes on a new guise in trailer for racy period drama

William Oldroyd's directorial debut adapts Russian writer Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk

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William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth may feature a ruthless, ambitious woman at its centre - but this is a long way from Shakespeare.

This directorial debut actually adapts Russian writer Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk, whose title is merely inspired by the Bard's work, reset now by first-time screenwriter Alice Birch to take place in the rolling fields of Somerset.

Florence Pugh steps up to the role of leading lady, playing the role of teenage bridge Katherine; shackled in her marriage to a bitter, cold man twice her age and his equally inhospitable family.

Embarking on a passionate affair with a worker on her husband's estate, a force is suddenly unleashed within her, one so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The film also stars Cosmo Jarvis (Spooks: The Greater Good), Paul Hilton (Wuthering Heights), newcomer Naomi Ackie, and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy). 


Lady Macbeth hits UK cinemas on 28 April.

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