Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth? I never knew I wanted it until it happened.
The actress is replacing Natalie Portman, who was originally going to play the scheming Queen. There’s no word on why Portman’s no longer involved, but I don’t even care, because Marion Cotillard! She’s brilliant at scheming and crazy! It’s perfect. She’ll be acting alongside Michael Fassbender, who’s been attached to play Macbeth from the beginning. No other actors have been cast yet, but we do know the film is being directed by relative newcomer Justin Kurzel and produced by the team behind The King’s Speech and Shame.
A previous report implies that this new adaptation will pretty much be a normal, if “visceral,” Shakespeare adaptation, with the Bard’s “original linguistic stylings” and a few “significant battle scenes.” So we’re not looking at a wacky Scotland, Pa.-type adaptation, where Macbeth is a fast foot employee, Lt. Macduff is Christopher Walken, and one of the witches is Andy Dick.
Hey Marion. Do you think you could give your The Dark Knight Rises co-star Anne Hathaway a call about appearing in the film, too? You already have Talia al Ghul and Magneto; Catwoman being there too can’t hurt. Plus she’s the reincarnated version of Shakespeare’s wife, also named Anne Hathaway, so it’s only fitting. Hey, I have to work a stupid Anne Hathaway joke into every Shakespeare post I write. It is known.