Something wicked this way comes…to Jamaica! Broadway alums Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Blair Underwood and Harry Lennix will join screen star Evan Ross in a new, Caribbean-set film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, according to Indiewire.com. The new movie, titled Macbett, will be directed by Aleta Chappelle, the first African-American woman ever to direct a film version of a Bard play. Filming is scheduled to begin in September in Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
In the new film, General Macbett (Howard) meets the “weird sisters,” who reign over earth, water, fire and sky as the spirit daughters of Mother Africa. As the sisters manipulate Macbett by telling him he will soon become king, Macbett and his beautiful wife Lady Macbett (Lathan) become obsessed with ambition.
Howard appeared on Broadway in the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His film and TV credits include Iron Man, Hustle & Flow, Crash and The Brave One. Lathan starred in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway. Her film and TV credits include AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Blade, The Cleveland Show, Boss, Out of Time and Something New. Underwood appeared in the most recent Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. His film and TV credits include L.A. Law, Gattaca, One Life to Live and Deep Impact. Lennix starred in Radio Golf on Broadway. His film and TV appearances include Ray, The Matrix Revolutions, State of Play and The Matrix Reloaded.