Diane Kruger Set to Play Marie Antoinette in 'Farewell, My Queen'
Though we just recently heard that Gemma Arterton was taking the female lead in Michael Mann's period romance Capa, what we didn't mention is that she was taking a role that once belonged to Eva Green. Now it sounds like the Casino Royale actress has been replaced on another project. French film news site Allocine (via The Playlist) reports Diane Kruger is replacing Green as Marie Antoinette in Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel Farewell, My Queen. Though she's a big part of the story, this film does not see the young royal leader as the central character, but rather looks at the 1789 French Revolution through the eyes of a royal reader.
Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) plays the reader in question who recalls the historical events 30 years later. Simultaneously an insider and an observer of royal history, she describes the final days before revolution engulfs the palace with insight and surprising slices of humor. Gerard Depardieu also has a role in the film, but his role has not yet been specified. As for Jacquot, the filmmaker has not yet made a name for himself in the United States, but films like The School of Flesh, Keep It Quiet and Seventh Heaven (nothing to do with the TV show of the same name from years passed) have garnered him nominations at the film festivals in Cannes and Venice. This could be yet another film we'll see at festivals in the next year or two. Interested?