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Weinstein Company Nabs US and Canadian Rights for 'Macbeth,' Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Thompson on Hollywood 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.
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Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

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. 

Marion Cotillard
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. 

This article is related to: News, The Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co., Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Justin Kurzel


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