You guys. Best. Casting news. EVER: Marion Cotillard has reportedly come aboard the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth Michael Fassbender is currently set to star in. Although Natalie Portman had originally been attached to play Lady M to Michael’s Macbeth, I think Marion is an INFINITELY better choice, and I cannot WAIT to see it when it comes out. We might be waiting a while—principal photography is set to begin in January of 2014, with an expected 2015 release date—but it’s TOTALLY going to be worth it.
As a Shakespeare freak, my brain went all sorts of fun places when I heard the news—including a brand new, star-studded version Macbeth cast entirely out of characters Marion and Michael have previously played. Here (greatly simplified) is how I imagine it going down:
Macbeth, who is Brandon Sullivan from Shame, and his friend Banquo, AKA Inglorious Basterds’ Lt. Archie Hicox, are lauded as heroes on the battlefield by King Duncan (Rochester from Jane Eyre). When three witches (Mal Cobb of Inception, Nine’s Luisa Contini, and Edith Piaf) prophesy that Brandon will become the King of Scotland, he obviously can’t wait to share the news with his wife, Lady Macbeth (The Dark Knight Rises’ Talia al Ghul). She’ll stop at nothing to put her husband—and herself—in a position of power, so she convinces him to kill King Rochester. After a comical interlude by the castle’s Porter (that guy from Michael Fassbender’s Guinness commercial), King Rochester is discovered dead by Brandon and another nobleman, Macduff (Carl Jung). With Rochester’s sons having fled, Brandon is crowned king.
Lt. Archie Hicox, however, has his doubts—which, of course, Brandon finds out about. As such, he dispatches three murderers (Hex’s Azazael, Jonah Hex’s Burke, and Magneto) to kill Archie. They succeed; unfortunately for Brandon, though, Archie’s ghost comes back to haunt him and succeeds in making him look absolutely nuts in the process. Feeling not so great, Archie visits Mal, Luisa, and Edith Piaf again, who tell him three things: One, beware of Carl Jung; two, no one of woman born will be able to harm him; and three, that he’s safe until Great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill. Brandon starts to feel a little better about things, but Carl Jung begins to have some suspicions, so he flees. Brandon orders Jung’s castle to be seized and his family killed.
Talia gradually starts to come undone as well, eventually killing herself. Carl Jung returns with the support of the English; they march on Brandon’s castle using foliage from Great Birnam Wood as camouflage. Jung and Brandon fight, at which point it is revealed that Jung was a C-section baby and therefore not technically of woman born. He kills Brandon and beheads him.
Malcolm, who is David from Prometheus, is crowned king.
Tell us: Who would you cast in your dream version of Macbeth?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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