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

Photo of Beth Hanna 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.