Marion Cotillard is Replacing Natalie Portman in 'Macbeth' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
August 21, 2013
After plans for Michael Fassbender to star opposite actress Natalie Portman in the once troubled, but now-shooting production of Jane Got a Gun fell through, the actress was lined up to star with the X-Men: First Class villain in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Macbeth, the classic Shakespeare play. However, Deadline reports Portman is no longer in the mix to play Lady Macbeth, and instead, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star Marion Cotillard will step into the role opposite Fassbender as the classical antihero, who is reteaming with his Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for the "visceral" adaptation.
For those not familiar, the story (scripted by actor turned writer Tood Louiso and Jacob Koskoff of The Marc Pease Experience) follows a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. Cotillard is better known for her work in the aforementioned blockbusters from Christopher Nolan, but she has turned in films like Rust and Bone and La Vie en Rose. This will be a purely Shakespearean film, set in the proper time period with significant battle scenes as well. This could end up getting Fassbender and Cotillard some Oscar love all over again, but first the film has to get in front of cameras, and that won't happen until January 2014 in the United Kingdom.