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Marion Cotillard to Play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender

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The beautiful and talented Marion Cotillard has replaced Natalie Portman for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders).

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  1. This is a perfect part for Cotillard. She channeled a bit of Lady Macbeth in TDKR.

  2. Christopher Lewis

    Great bit of casting news. Not a big fan of the Bard on screen, but Fassbender is a reason to see anything. Add in Cotillard and I am more than sold.

  3. Thats a solid upgrade casting!

  4. Bryce Forestieri

    Well at the very least I’m glad Ralph Fiennes isn’t directing –that’s a start. I have not seen THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS yet, but the trailer evidences that it’s properly shot, unlike…

    Give this version a shot. Although it’s not really a film, but more like a recorded live performance, it’s still technically on the screen. It could give some clues.

    Also I hope it’s not set in modern times or alternate universes. Pretty please? Just make this bitch a gritty custom piece!!

  5. Jpns Viewer

    I love Marion Cotillard – her performances and her beauty. En plus Mademoiselle is French. (I’m pro-French.)

    That said, by default I need to question her accent in this English-speaking (?) project for the time being. Still, I am curious as to how the combination would turn out.

    Well, (“)what’s done cannot be undone…. : )

    All the best.

  6. Christophe

    Awesome! I guess with such a brilliant cast Macbeth directly shoots up to the top of frontrunners for the 2014/15 awards season? Hopefully, the director doesn’t screw this up… I’ve read he’s going to use the “original language” so I guess it’ll be a “classic” take instead of a modern re-imagining. The prior adaptations by Welles and Polanski have been on my want-to-see list for ages, so I’ll make sure to watch them before this one comes out.

  7. Christophe

    Well, in this movie she would be supposed to have a Scottish accent, I wonder if American audiences, let alone Japanese audiences, would pay attention to that?

  8. Jpns Viewer

    Christophe,

    To begin with, we are talking about Shakespeare here.

    French accent, spoken in other languages or French herself, is beautiful.
    But whether or not the English variety in question be American or British (Scottish English included), my concern stands. I am not trying to find faults; the point of concern just came up on my mind #naturally#, given myself a non-native speaker of the English language (my accent, though, […] only slight; but that’s another story).

    PS: The Japanese viewers are out of question; most will be more than likely seeing it in dubbed version or with subtitles though even to an average Japanese ear it may be safe to assume people know the difference between French accent and British English.

  9. GoOnNow

    I love Marion but the lady has been at a loss portraying people who speak in English. Even if it’s non-native EN speakers, she always pronounces things so slowly.

    In fact, has she portrayed people whose first language is English? The origin of her character in “Inception” is a mystery. In TDKR she evidently has a non-EN accent yet she is the daughter of a man who speaks as though EN is his native language. Maybe it was the fact that she was raised elsewhere? Not sure. But a Scottish accent is a tricky thing.

  10. GoOnNow

    If Blanchett loses the Oscar for “Blue Jasmine” this year she’s definitely winning next year for “Carol” :) mark my words.

    Cate + Harvey politics + Lesbianism etc.

  11. steve50

    The play is cursed, but I can’t wait to see these two pull off power-hungry ambition, esp. as a vibrant (and sexy) couple. They can go in almost any direction with regards to motivation, as long as Kurzel knows what he’s doing.

  12. Holy Sh*t.

    Great pairing.

  13. Cotillard already gave a BRILLIANT performance in The Immigrant this year. Nearly as good as her La vie en Rose performance in terms of quality. So overdue for her second nomination.

  14. Cotillard, Blanchett, Gerwig, Larson, Delpy, Bejo, Adele, Streep, Thompson, – GREAT female performances I’ve seen SO FAR this year.

  15. Her acting will be brilliant for sure. But her speaking is another matter.

  16. Christophe

    to all you “accent” naysayers, it was very common at the time of Shakespeare for British nobility to marry French nobility: Mary Queen of Scots herself had a French mother and married a French king, so it actually does make some sense to cast a French actress to play the spouse of a Scottish king, even though the stories that inspired Macbeth took place 500 yrs before Shakespeare’s time and the Scots barely spoke English anyway back then.

  17. moviewatcher

    Two great actresses come to mind that look absolutely beautiful in their films, regular photographs and interviews, but whose beauty is nearly always diminished by stylized magazine photo-shoots, perfume advertisements and the like:

    Jessica Chastain
    &
    Marion Cotillard

    Exhibit A: this post’s photo of Marion vs the thousands of photographs you get by googling her name.

  18. She’s the most perfectest person in the world. :D

    And all y’all picking on her English need to check out Jodie Foster in ELYSIUM. Apparently she can’t speak English because she was badly dubbed. And she’s from here. :P

  19. Eoin Daly

    Cotillard can do no wrong and unlike most actress (Berry, Witherspoon) after winning her oscars she picked great follow up projects and while she may have had some misfires she is still good enough to make the film better. Cotillard speaking those classic lines opposite Fassbender should be a sight to behold which has me so excited. I like the idea of her being of french heritage instead of trying to go fully scottish. Portman while in her thirties still has a child like quality to her acting which is why she was wrong and while Cotillard is not much older she has such grace and age. If I were to cast it would be Fassbender and Chastain but she is quite busy coming up and has enough projects so good lucky to Cotillard playing one of the great female roles I believe in the history of the written word.

  20. Eoin Daly

    Also with Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth it would be a dream for me since I always wanted to see Vivien Leigh play the role on screen and since they share some of the same looks that seems like an extra treat for me.

  21. steve50

    +1

  22. Ya’ll just don’t know how much this pleases me. I love Marion Cotillard and I know she’ll be a better Lady MacBeth than Portman ever could. I’m not a Natalie hater,, but sometimes you just gotta call someone out when they don’t have the cajones for something!

    Fassbender and Cotillard are going to make this a MacBeth to remember!

  23. I so wish that Meryl Streep had gotten around to playing Lady Macbeth on screen. Ah, what might have been.

    I hope this version turns out well. Previous versions haven’t been as good as they should have been.

    Janet Suzman did a great Lady Macbeth for TV in the late 1970s. I was a kid barely in high school, and I was blown away. I’d love to see that production again; it’s only in my memories.

  24. Marion Cotillard will be great on Lady Macbeth

  25. Well, for me it’s not a matter of “accent”. To me, it’s already hard enough to understand Shakespeare’s words. Cotillard is a very good actress (she has an Oscar and several successful performances), but sometimes her delivery of the English language lacks clarity or understandability. Yes, there are other ways to convey emotions in a performance, but Shakespeare’s words have such importance to them. Granted, I think her intensity really fits this role like a glove.

    However, I’m still looking forward because I really like “Snowtown Murders” and the director really captures the mood and tone in the film with a lot of good visuals.

  26. Jpns Viewer

    [GoOnNow. Thanks for your response (the first one).]

    [Lars:] “Yes, there are other ways to convey emotions in a performance, but Shakespeare’s words have such importance to them.”

    Exactly. The flow, rhythm, the emotions that come with the prose and all (provided that they remain true to the original words of his)…. I can go on like, er, forever and a day : )

    Again, well put, Lars. Cheers!

  27. i like marion but i would have liked other actress

    im a big fan of natalie but yes i think she is so young for this role she doesnt even look like she is 30,

  28. angelina jolie anyone?????

    i think uf u pair angelina and michael the screen will explode….

    its a shame that she isnt interested to act anymore after drop gravity, SLP, the last one the conseulor…. dissapointing

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