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First Images Of Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In 'Macbeth'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 18, 2014 8:01 AM
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"Macbeth" is now in production, with Michael Fassbender in the lead role, and the actor is careful in judging his character too quickly or harshly. "I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged," he told the Daily Mail. "When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers."

The first images from Justin Kurzel's ("Snowtown Murders") film are here, highlighting not just Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard, who has the juicy role of Lady Macbeth, one she will be playing with her native French accent intact. Fassbender details the headspace that Macbeth finds himself in with his wife. "He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning," he explained. "Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence."

With the promo starting early on this film, one wonders if The Weinstein Company will be presenting the first footage next month in their now annual sizzle reel presentation for Cannes press. One to definitely look out for regardless.


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  • Guillermo | April 28, 2014 5:25 PMReply

    Marion is an excellente actress!
    language is no barrier for a performance
    She will be amazing as Lady Macbeth!

  • Pedro | April 29, 2014 7:01 PM

    Agreed! [2]

    My expectations to Marion's performance in this film are very high. I really hope to see her winning a second Oscar for this role.

  • Leo | April 28, 2014 5:57 PM

    Americans and british people love to criticize other people's accent, this is so annoying! an accent doesn't make an actor worse or better than anyone!

  • Chris | April 20, 2014 8:16 PMReply

    All the posts about this movie here are so annoying! actually not the posts but the stupid comments about Marion Cotillard's accent. She is a talented actress and has nothing to prove to anyone, if someone has doubts about her talent just watch all the movies mentioned here, and if you think that a f*cking foreign accent will ruin Macbeth, you should watch Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood and you will see that all the english language adaptations of Macbeth are nothing but garbage compared to this movie!
    No one here saw the film yet, so how about watch first and criticize later, huh? try that!

  • Meg | April 21, 2014 9:17 PM

    Well said!

  • talia | April 20, 2014 10:49 AMReply

    If it was a french version I'd say great casting, but her accent is way too thick for this. Marion Cotillard suffers from Penelope Cruz syndrome... When she stars in a film in her own language, she's as good as it gets. But when she stars in an english language film, the results are mediocre at best.
    Spoiler alert: since she dies off-stage in the play, hopefully she won't have to attempt another atrocious death scene.

  • Elly | April 21, 2014 9:14 PM

    Cruz won an undeserved Oscar for reprising the same stereotype that she plays in Hollywood since the beginning!
    And when I mentioned stereotype and "variety of roles" I was talking about their roles in Hollywood movies, or do you really think that Cruz's roles in Hollywood are not exactly the same? do you never noticed that she is ALWAYS playing the latin bimbo/prostitute/mistress/dumb girlfriend of the male lead who is useless and is only there to show her body? Her roles in Nine and in Vicky Cristina Barcelona are exactly the same, and what she did in Nine besides shaking her ass? in Open Your Eyes (and in the remake Vanilla Sky) she played the same kind of role, this is not what I would call "variety of roles"! her problem is not only an accent.
    Anyway, Cotillard's career in France + Hollywood >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cruz's career in any country!

  • what? | April 21, 2014 6:24 AM

    Dude, Cruz has an Oscar and three Oscars nominations.
    She had a long established career in Spain before coming to the US. Longer than Cotillard. They both have the same problem with accents, and they're both despised in their native country. If you seriously don't think Cruz has played a variety of roles maybe you should catch up on Volver, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Open Your Eyes, All About My Mother, Nine, Don't Move...

  • Elly | April 20, 2014 8:11 PM

    There's no comparision between Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz! not even in english language films! while Cotillard have been played a variety of roles, Cruz is still stuck with a stereotype and only plays "the latin who is only there to take off her clothes"! Until now, Cruz NEVER came to close to have interesting roles and a sucessful career in Hollywood (based on her acting abilities only, not on who she slept with, everyone knows who made Cruz famous!) like Cotillard has, and Cotillard's performances in movies like Inception and The Immigrant are far better than anything that Cruz did in english or spanish language films!
    Overall, Cotillard is a much better actress and Cruz's career (especially in Hollywood) is only based on her body, not on her (ocult) talent!

  • Rachele | April 20, 2014 8:42 AMReply

    There's a long historical link between Scotland and France, as already noted. I'm sure we'll also have tiresome people ignoring the overall production and finding phantom traces of Irish in Fassbender's lines, as well.
    Every production has the right to interpret. Ralph Fiennes' recent Coriolanus set the play in the world of contemporary insurgencies, and it works. The idea of a Lady Macbeth who is foreign, slightly alien to her surroundings, of a Macbeth tied to his foreign wife, is a new interpretation of the play, and I like it.

  • Byron | April 20, 2014 8:24 AMReply

    Marion was clearly miscast in this movie. No matter how you attempt to twist the facts: in the play, Lady Macbeth was not French, she did not spoke with a random French accent.
    Historically, Lady MacBeth is most usually understood to be based on an actual Queen Of Scotland, named Gruoch ingen Boite, otherwise known as Gruoch of Scotland. There is no reference to a French origin or heritage anywhere, or any other country other than Scotland. Going for an authentic accent is the sign of a true actor. You can't just rewrite some of Shakespeare's best dialogue to make up for some actress limited abilities. Anyone remember when Juliette Binoche was bizarrely cast as Cathy in Wuthering Heights alongside Ralph Fiennes? She was just awful! Wasn’t there really any other English thespian actresses available? I find that really hard to believe. I suppose they went with Marion Cotillard because Studio Canal is producing and The Weinstein Company is distributing.

  • Mich | April 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    Are you retarded or what? how many times will you post the same nonsense over and over? I dare you to show me where Lady Macbeth's nationality or accent are mentioned IN THE PLAY! and I'm not talking about the play that you saw at school, I'm talking about THE ORIGINAL PLAY!
    Who cares about the nationality of the people that YOU believe that were the influences for the play? do you know the real history of the so-called Gruoch Macbeth? it has nothing to do with Shakespeare's play besides the name! but based on your beliefs, Romeo and Juliet should only be played by greek actors, right? because they were based on a greek myth! ... how about that? oh, and to be more accurate, let's not forget that when Shakespeare was alive, the female characters of his plays were played BY MEN, so I suppose that a bearded man would be the right choice to play Juliet and Lady Macbeth these days, right?
    It's funny how only actors from non-english speaking countries are criticized because of their accents, but the same doesn't happen when an american or british actor is playing a character from a non-english speaking country... how many times Cleopatra was played by white, green or blue eyed americans or british actresses speaking english? how many times a blonde and blue eyed american/british guy played Jesus Christ speaking english? or are you gonna say that Cleopatra and Jesus were british or americans? let's not forget that they are REAL PEOPLE, not fictional characters that can be adapted!
    Oh, and do some research first! Marion Cotillard was announced as Lady Macbeth in August 2013, The Weinstein Company bought the rights in October 2013, they had nothing to do with her casting!

  • suleiman | April 20, 2014 7:18 AMReply

    Marion is gonna bring it, her performance will be the talk of this film

  • Emily | April 19, 2014 11:00 PMReply

    For God's sake! go search about the Old Alliance before complaining about a french actress playing Lady Macbeth!
    In the play, Lady Macbeth's nationality is not even mentioned! plus Madaleine de Valois and Marie de Guise were both french women who became queens of Scotland as wives of King James V and Marie de Guise is the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. A french woman could be the queen of Scotland at the time, there's no problem if a french actress is playing Lady Macbeth, this is historically accurate! This film is filled with an english, irish and australian cast, there's no scottish actors in the most important roles, why the only french is the one to be criticized because of her accent if you didn't saw the film yet?
    Shut up and wait until you watch the f*cking movie before complaining about someone else's accent!

  • dom | April 19, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    If an actress ever wants to prove her chops, the Lady Macbeth role is a surefire way to do it.
    Either she will knock it out of the park or fail miserably.
    Let's wait and see...

  • Simon | April 19, 2014 2:48 PMReply

    epic. What a great screen couple!

  • laura | April 19, 2014 4:25 AMReply

    My favourite actress with my favourite actor together on screen! Cotillard was born to play Lady Macbeth, can't wait for her second nomination

  • Pedro | April 19, 2014 1:32 AMReply

    I hope Marion Cotillard to win an Oscar next year, she is a suberb talent and one Oscar is not enough for her.

  • Dede | April 19, 2014 12:20 AMReply

    It's about to go down. Yes!! Kurzel is all about reality and darkness.

  • Emily | April 19, 2014 12:13 AMReply

    I love the pics! Cotillard and Fassbender are two of my favorite actors and this is one of my most anticipated movies!

  • Linda | April 18, 2014 6:24 PMReply

    They let Marion Cotillard keep her French accent mostly because her english is that bad. It's rather thick and I've never heard her do a different one. I hope Macbeth won't sound Irish as well or else it won't be much of a "Scottish play". I think Fassbender was born to play Macbeth, but Cotillard is overrated and lacks the depth attached to such a complex character.

  • Amy | April 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    "let's not forget she wasn't their first choice for the part"

    WHO CARES? actors not always are the first choice to play determined roles, it doesn't mean sh*t! have you seen the backlash when Portman was announced as Lady Macbeth? she was criticized by THE WHOLE WORLD! but what happened in the day that Cotillard was announced as Lady Macbeth? all the comments were like this: "Thank God Portman is out and Cotillard will play this role, she is an amazing actress! Portman was miscat, she looks and sounds like a kid and would ruin this movie, she can't act and should stop making movies, I can't stand her"... This replacement was highly praised and even the Weinstein Company only bought the distribution rights after Cotillard was cast!

    "she's often the weakest link of any film in which she's not the lead"

    So please, tell me how Audrey Tautou (the lead) was totally overshadowed by Cotillard (supporting) in A Very Long Engagement with only 10 minutes of screen time? no one cared about Tautou in this film, people only talked and praised Cotillard! (since 2004 Cotillard was considered for an Oscar nomination for her performance in this film and she also won a Cannes prize and a César award!), tell me how Cotillard (supporting) was the best thing in Nine? (not to mention her Golden Globe nomination), tell me how Cotillard (supporting) and Tom Hardy were the best things in Inception? I'm dying to know your answer! LOL

    Only delusional americans like Linda can't see this and care more about an accent than a performance! but it's funny how they don't care about american actors playing german/french/russian/japanese characters speaking english WITH A BRITISH ACCENT for every nationality! these are the same mo.rons who think that a good english means = speak english with an american accent! btw, they also think that Indians and South Africans have a terrible english because they don't speak with an american accent... they don't even know that english is one the official languages of these countries! LOL

  • Chris | April 19, 2014 9:11 PM

    A French Lady Macbeth would be very odd to watch. To date, none of Marion Cotillard's English-language roles have quite tapped to the extent of "La Vie en Rose" and "Rust and Bone". The big question is whether she can tackle Shakespearean dialogue given that her English isn't easy to understand. I can’t see her pulling it off next to a cast that will entirely speak in a Scottish accent. Better choices would have been Cate Blanchett, Andrea Riseborough, Kelly Macdonald or Rachel Weitz.

  • Linda | April 19, 2014 1:59 PM

    Excuse me? I've seen every film she's ever done (including the ones your self-righteous arse listed in such a condescending manner). I still don't think she's that good of an actress, she plays herself over and over again, she's good looking but lacks charisma, versatility and depth, and she's often the weakest link of any film in which she's not the lead. She's clearly not suited for foreign parts or blockbusters. She should stick to French films, those are her best ones. Only delusional foreigners believe everything she touches turns to gold, yet they never paid attention to her until she got to play the most beloved Edith Piaf. SMH. Also, let's not forget she wasn't their first choice for the part, she was called as a seat filler only when Natalie Portman dropped out unexpectedly. I can already tell Fassbender will overshadow her performance.

  • Will | April 19, 2014 4:18 AM

    You're comment is ridiculous. Marion Cotillard lacks depth? Did you watch La Vie en Rose or Rust and Bone, or are you only aware of The Dark Knight Rises and other Hollywood BS? You really need to inform yourself on how acting works. Overrated is another ridiculous word. It suggests your opinion is more important than the majority, which it's NOT.

  • Pedro | April 19, 2014 1:29 AM

    Lucas, I love you.

  • Lucas | April 19, 2014 12:06 AM

    You clearly didn't watch her in The Immigrant where she had a polish accent!
    They let Cotillard keep her french accent because if they wanted a scottish accent, they would've cast a scottish actress instead! is that too dificult to understand? Come on! btw, do some research about the "Old Alliance" before posting nonsense!
    And if you think that Cotillard is "overrated" and "lacks the depth" is because you never really saw her in anything! especially in Chloe, Pretty Things, A Very Long Engagement, La Vie en Rose, Inception, Rust and Bone and The Immigrant!

    Jeez! I hate these uninformed kids who only watch blockbusters and think they know everything about acting!

  • Ellen | April 18, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    Wow! that pic with Cotillard and Fassbender is so sexy!
    I can't wait to see this film! I hope Harvey Weinstein don't ignore this film and don't scr*w up its Oscar chances like he did with The Immigrant!

  • Mary | April 18, 2014 2:18 PMReply

    I can't wait to see this. I've been excited for it since Fassbender signed on, and I think a French Lady Macbeth will provide an interesting twist.

  • El Hanso | April 18, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    As a first impression these two pictures work well. But yes, it's all about the casting (despite Justin Kurzel being a really interesting choice to direct) and by now we take Fassbender for granted. Andrea Riseborough would've been my choice for Lady Macbeth. Cotillard is a great actress, but there's a big gap in quality between her French roles and her Englisch roles. And that has only partially to do with scripts and directors. But a French Lady M is at least unusual and therefore intersting.

  • Sarah | April 18, 2014 5:59 PM

    "there's a big gap in quality between her French roles and her Englisch roles. And that has only partially to do with scripts and directors."

    She was great in A Good Year, Nine (a very bad film, but she was the best thing in it!), Inception, Midnight in Paris and The Immigrant! oh, and even her cameo in Anchorman 2 was great! the problem is really with the scripts and directors, or have you never noticed that she has better roles in french films? In Hollywood, most of her characters are: the love interest of the male lead who barely appears and is only there to be an eye candy... not even Meryl Streep can do a miracle with a role like that!

    I admire Cotillard for not becoming a stereotype in Hollywood like usually happens with foreign actresses (and this is not an easy thing to do!), I like the fact that she is not afraid to take risks and I can't wait to see her as Lady Macbeth!

  • Ian | April 18, 2014 10:10 AMReply

    Nicole Kidman should've been Lady Macbeth.

  • Chris | April 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    Nicole should play a live action character from Frozen! her face can't move and she can't show any emotion!

  • anonymous | April 18, 2014 1:21 PM

    "Cotillard is a great actress, but there's a big gap in quality between her French roles and her Englisch roles. And that has only partially to do with scripts and directors"

    I thought she was great in Inception, Midnight in Paris and the otherwise mediocre Nine.

  • JAMIE | April 18, 2014 11:35 AM


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