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Natalie Portman out, Marion Cotillard in for new version of Macbeth with Michael Fassbender

08.21.2013

Cotillard/Fassbender

Is the whole world against Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender working together? The two almost joined forces for JANE GOT A GUN before he left the project in March, and now Deadline has learned that Portman will no longer be playing Lady Macbeth opposite Fassbender in a new version of MACBETH. Instead, Marion Cotillard has signed on to star as the scheming leading lady from the William Shakespeare play.

Marion Cotillard

Normally I'll take as much Natalie Portman as I can get, but in this case I actually think Marion Cotillard is a better fit. In my opinion Cotillard has the superior "bitch face" that is needed in order to portray Lady Macbeth. MACBETH will be directed by Justin Kurzel (SNOWTOWN, THE TURNING) and the new version will include battle scenes that are not in the original play.

MACBETH is scheduled to start filming in the U.K. in January 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Would you prefer Marion Cotillard or Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth?
Source: Deadline

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2:54PM on 08/21/2013
Cotillard was amazing in Inception, she turned terrifying in an instant. And she has charisma in great quantities.
Cotillard was amazing in Inception, she turned terrifying in an instant. And she has charisma in great quantities.
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2:44PM on 08/21/2013
Sorry Portman, but about the only role I loved her in was The Professional. Maybe its Star Wars' fault but she has ever after seemed flat to me. Gorgeous yes, but not sexy even as a stripper. And not a lot of range character-wise.
Sorry Portman, but about the only role I loved her in was The Professional. Maybe its Star Wars' fault but she has ever after seemed flat to me. Gorgeous yes, but not sexy even as a stripper. And not a lot of range character-wise.
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11:54AM on 08/21/2013
I love Natalie Portman to bits and really wanted to see her as Lady M. but you now what, Cotillard might fit the role even better.
I love Natalie Portman to bits and really wanted to see her as Lady M. but you now what, Cotillard might fit the role even better.
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11:24AM on 08/21/2013
MacBeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, and i think the ever-so gorgeous Marion Cotillard would be a great Lady MacBeth. With Fassbender as Macbeth, I'm really looking forward to this movie.
MacBeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, and i think the ever-so gorgeous Marion Cotillard would be a great Lady MacBeth. With Fassbender as Macbeth, I'm really looking forward to this movie.
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10:02AM on 08/21/2013
In practice I find I'm not as much of a Natalie Portman fan as I think I am in theory. Maybe her roles since Black Swan haven't had the Wow-factor that I look for, but I'm cool with this trade.
In practice I find I'm not as much of a Natalie Portman fan as I think I am in theory. Maybe her roles since Black Swan haven't had the Wow-factor that I look for, but I'm cool with this trade.
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9:54AM on 08/21/2013

Would have preferred Portman

Don't get me wrong, I love Cotillard but her accent is hard to miss and it doesn't seem like she'd attempt to change it--no matter what role she takes on.
Don't get me wrong, I love Cotillard but her accent is hard to miss and it doesn't seem like she'd attempt to change it--no matter what role she takes on.
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9:42AM on 08/21/2013
They should have done Hamlet.i think marion is a better replacement even though i don't like her voice
They should have done Hamlet.i think marion is a better replacement even though i don't like her voice
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9:38AM on 08/21/2013

Yeah, I have to agree

Natalie has the chops to make a solid Lady Macbeth but yes, Marion Cotillard has the superior "bitch face."
Natalie has the chops to make a solid Lady Macbeth but yes, Marion Cotillard has the superior "bitch face."
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9:35AM on 08/21/2013
Marion is the perfect fit for that character. And soooooooooo seductive.
Marion is the perfect fit for that character. And soooooooooo seductive.
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9:27AM on 08/21/2013
Talk about an upgrade.
Talk about an upgrade.
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