Marion Cotillard to star alongside Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth replacing Natalie Portman
She was last seen as Stéphanie in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone and word is that Oscar winning actress Marion Cotillard has landed the lead role of Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender in the forthcoming adaptation of Shakespearian classic Macbeth replacing Natalie Portman.
Variety report that the film will retain the original text's setting, taking place in war-torn 11th-century Scotland, and Justin Kurzel who will direct the film praised Cotillard as "one of the bravest and most compelling actors I have watched in recent years".
The sentiment was echoed by Producer Iain Canning who added "Cotillard has proven extraordinary versatility through her stunning performances in La Vie en Rose and Rust and Bone.
Casting her as Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender will bring a fresh and exciting dynamic to the story of lovers pulled apart by war and ambition."
Cotillard is currently working on Mark Osborne's The Little Prince and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night and has Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties and James Gray's The Immigrant awaiting a UK release.