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Marion Cotillard snagged our attention with her award-winning portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose," but she'll be dealing with an entirely different shade of red in the upcoming adaptation of "Macbeth." Cotillard is taking over for Natalie Portman as tortured Lady Macbeth, opposite Michael Fassbender's murderous Scotsman.

Justin Kurzel, who helmed the spare, brutal Australian drama "Snowtown," is on directorial duties here. Orson Welles and Roman Polanski also produced famous adaptations of the Shakespearean tragedy -- the latter just two years after the brutal murder of his wife Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson gang, making his version heavy with gruesome baggage.

The team behind "Macbeth" is aiming for a January 2014 shoot, with pre-production starting later this year. With "The King's Speech" producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman behind the scenes, we can guess that this will be one foreign film to keep an eye out for next year.

[via THR]
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