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Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has agreed to star alongside Michael Fassbender in a new film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She has been tapped to replace Natalie Portman, who dropped out.
According to Deadline, Cotillard will play Lady Macbeth, while Fassbender will star as the title character. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who produced Shame, which starred Fassbender, are producing the film, which is a See-Saw Films production. Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is directing.
The Huffington Post notes that there was no reason given for Portman’s decision to drop out. The actress, who is also an Oscar winner, is traveling to Israel soon for A Tale of Love and Darkness, which will be her directorial debut.
Production on Macbeth starts in January 2014, with pre-production starting at the end of this year.
Cotillard recently made Blood Ties with Mila Kunis and Clive Owen. She was last seen in The Dark Knight Rises. She won her Oscar for La vie en rose.
Portman will be seen in Thor: The Dark World in November and Jane Got A Gun next year.
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