Today is a difficult day in the world of film casting news. Ben Affleck is the new Batman, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. I, however, I am hear to bring you good tidings of great joy. A little while back we learned that Michael Fassbender would be starring in an upcoming adaptation of Macbeth. Since then we’ve seen him in two amazing trailers; one for 12 Years A Slave, another for The Counselor. Meanwhile my girl Marion Cotillard has also been cast in some promising upcoming projects including The Immigrant and Blood Ties. And now she’ll be joining Fassy as the new Lady Macbeth. Click inside for more!
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Out damned spot, out I say! A little while back, Natalie Portman signed on to play one of literature’s most, uh, supportive spouses, Lady Macbeth in a new film version of Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth,” to be directed by Justin Kurzel, the Australian helmer who broke through with the deeply grim serial killer picture “Snowtown.” But with Portman gearing up her directorial debut “A Tale Of Love And Darkness,” it seems that something had to give, and Kurzel’s traded one Oscar-winner for another in her place.
Deadline report that “La Vie En Rose” and “Inception” star Marion Cotillard has come on board to replace Portman as Lady M, joining Michael Fassbender, who’ll play the title role. While it’s a shame that Portman couldn’t make it work, this feels, if anything, like a trade up — Cotillard is a more natural fit for the part, and her Gallic origins could add an interesting subtext to the film too.
The film will apparently feature extensive and bloody battle scenes, but will otherwise be a faithful adaptation, set in the 11th century and retaining Shakespeare’s dialogue (the script comes from Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff). Film4 and StudioCanal are financing, and filming is set to kick off in January, so we could see this in theaters by the end of 2014.
So, seriously. How awesome is this?! I love Natalie Portman, but y’all know how I feel about Marion Cotillard. She can legit do no wrong, so I’m thinking this is gonna be all kinds of epic! And she’s got so many other projects in the works, I’m really looking forward to watching her become more of a household name.
See? Some casting news can really make life happy! I’m just gonna focus on this story instead of that other um. Situation.