Anthony Head still waiting on his futuristic Macbeth

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Duncan in a futuristic adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, told reporters that the film is waiting for Head to return for re-shoots. As Head is working on the upcoming BBC/NBC series Merlin, they could be waiting indefinitely.

"That last I heard of it, somebody called me who was editing it and said, 'We've got a few issues with various things that might need re-shooting,'" Head said in a conference call on Monday while promoting Merlin. "And I thought, 'Well, you kind of had me when you had me. I'm shooting in France. I can't really do it.' So I don't know what's going on with that, but there were just a few issues of things differing from one scene to another. What I saw and what I was in was great, and I sincerely hope it will get some kind of release."

First-time filmmaker Nicholas Paton attracted Head with his ambitious take on Shakespeare's tragedy. "It was actually a bunch of young guys who came to me," Head said. "They were from all different walks, some actors, some trainee directors. They were putting together this fairly amateur film, but the idea was that it was projected into the future. It was fairly dark, and it was kind of gang warfare. It was very cool. I was attracted. They showed me some of the stuff that they had already shot."

Head added that the dialogue remains faithful to Shakespeare, though the new context changes things slightly. "Basically I play Duncan as a used-car salesman," he said.