By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 23, 2013 at 11:55AM
Michael Fassbender is hot. The Weinstein Company has picked up US and Canadian rights to Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from Studio Canal, which will star Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso ("The Marc Please Experience") have co-penned the script.
In case the name Justin Kurzel doesn't ring a bell, the Aussie director helmed 2011's brilliant and utterly disturbing "Snowtown," which focused on the real-life case of a young teen and his mother's boyfriend brutally killing a number of their atrophying small town's inhabitants and drifters.
Fassbender can currently be seen in Steve McQueen's highly praised "12 Years a Slave." While there's Oscar buzz for Fassbender's performance (among many other performances in the film), the actor has opted out of strenuous awards-season campaigning. He's got Ridley Scott's violent drug-deal-gone-bad thriller "The Counselor" hitting theaters this weekend, and just began shooting a Western, "Slow West," in New Zealand; for that film, he's also producing, a first for the actor.
Meanwhile, Cotillard won praise from critics in Cannes for James Gray's flat period drama "The Immigrant," which is still waiting on a 2014 US release date.