Marion Cotillard To Play Lady Macbeth in 'Snowtown' Director's Adaptation

And so it is French actress Marion Cotillard who has been tasked with playing Lady Macbeth in StudioCanal and Film4's forthcoming adaptation of the Shakespeare tale, from the producers of The King's Speech, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, set to begin shooting in January 2014, will see Michael Fassbender as the iconic anti-hero in Shakespeare's darkest play. 

Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman in the movie, which is being directed by Justin Kurzel. Film aficionados will be familiar with the Australian filmmaker for his movie Snowtown, easily one of the darkest, bleakest and most shocking films in recent memory. The film, about John Bunting, Australia's most prolific serial killer, was virtually unwatchable in places, though critics gave it the benefit of the doubt,

"Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness," said the Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs, just about summing it up.

What Kurzel's reputation tells us is that Macbeth is going to be dark. Dark, dark, dark. Already considered the great playwright's darkest work, the tale - about the psychological effects of evil ambitions of power - could end up being pretty hard-hitting stuff.

Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfil the ambition for power.

Watch Kurzel's work in the Snowtown trailer:

As mentioned, the Oscar-winning team behind The King's Speech, Iain Canning and Smile Sherman - will produce, indicating that both StudioCanal and Film4 have lofty ambitions for it. The acquisition of Cotillard is solid - she's probably the next best thing to Portman at the minute, though many will argue she's the better actress - while Fassbender appears superb casting.

Macbeth is one to look out for. 

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender Will Play Macbeth in Film4's Adaptation


Contactmusic

Tags: Marion Cotillard - Michael Fassbender


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Paramount Australia Apologizes For Insensitive 9/11 "TMNT" Promo Poster

Following severe backlash, Paramount Pictures have pulled the Teenage...

Paramount Australia Apologizes For Insensitive 9/11

Louis Lombardi, Kiefer Sutherland's '24' co-star, Slams Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Ruthless Diss

The recent feud Freddie Prinze Jr., started with Kiefer Sutherland has...

Louis Lombardi, Kiefer Sutherland's '24' co-star, Slams Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Ruthless Diss

Horns - Trailer

Ig Perrish wakes up after a particularly drunken night with a very sore head - though, as it turns out, this is no...

Horns Trailer

Chloe Moretz Is Definitely Not Worrying About Relationships Or Dating: "That's Not My Style"

Unlike most 17 year-old girls, Chloe Grace Moretz's life doesn't revolve...

Chloe Moretz Is Definitely Not Worrying About Relationships Or Dating:

"Consciously Uncoupled" Paltrow, Martin, Reunite At The Screening Of Simon Pegg's New Movie

Conscious uncoupling or not, there may still be hope for Gwyneth Paltrow...

CBS Change Halle Berry's 'Extant' Air Time To Improve Ratings

Fans of CBS's new sci-fi series 'Extant' will now have to wait an extra...

 CBS Change Halle Berry's 'Extant' Air Time To Improve Ratings
Advertisement

Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In "Sharknado 2: The Second One"

As unfortunate as the idea of Sharknado 2 sounds, it’s happening. Let that...

Tara Reid - Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber are reported to have clashed on a night out on the island of Ibiza...

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were seen together at a movie screening on Monday...

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Marion Cotillard Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Marion Cotillard

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All