Cute little guy, he’s getting so big!
Cute little guy, he’s getting so big!
Yesterday I talked about how Michael Fassbender was being considered for the role of Macbeth in an upcoming screen adaptation of the Shakespeare play, and today we’re learning that it’s a done deal. The role of Lady Macbeth has also been cast, and the role has gone to none other than Natalie Portman. From what I’ve seen online, a lot of people are pretty irked by this decision, but I don’t get it. I think Natalie will be perfect. After watching her in ‘Black Swan,’ we know she can handle the darker roles!
Oscar-winner Natalie Portman will play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in the upcoming version of Macbeth, announced by ScreenDaily yesterday. It is due to shoot later in 2013. Screen understands that Portman has long wanted to take on the role, previously considering stage versions, and that the actress was keen to renew her collaboration with Fassbender after the two recently wrapped production on Terrence Malick’s latest film about the Texas music scene.
Snowtown’s Justin Kurzel will direct the update of Shakespeare’s classic thriller produced by The King’s Speech and Shame producers See-Saw. Writers are Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff. The script has been one of the most in-demand ahead of the Cannes Film Festival with a number of sales outfits keen to work on the film.
Development and production backing on the UK-Australian co-production comes from Film4. The production sees Fassbender reunited with Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and Film4, with whom the actor worked on Hunger, Shame and the upcoming Frank.
The new take on Shakespeare’s classic – about a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord who siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and three witches – is set in the 11th century and in the original language. The script is understood to be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes.
Portman will next be seen in superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World and she is currently shooting Jane Got a Gun, which previously had Fassbender on board. The actress is represented by Brillstein Entertainment and CAA.
Love it! Fassbender and Portman must have some insane chemistry if they’re casting them together in another film. I can see it.
What do you think of these two taking on the leads? Think they’ll do it justice?
According to Deadline.com, director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) left the new film “Jane Got a Gun” on the very first day of shooting, forcing producers to scramble for a replacement. Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Joel Edgerton are all set to star in the Western, which tells the story of a young woman who defends her farm and husband against and outlaw gang, with the help of a former lover.
“I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up,” producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline.com. “It is insane somebody would do this to other people.” Portman is also a producer on the film.
This is the second shake-up to “Jane Got A Gun” in recent weeks. On March 11, THR reported that Michael Fassbender, who was set to play the male lead in the film opposite Portman, had left the project. Jude Law stepped in to replace Fassbender in the cast, but not in his role: Edgerton, who was attached to play the villain in “Jane Got A Gun” took Fassbender’s part, with Law slotting in as the film’s antagonist.
According to Deadline.com, “Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor has been hired to replace Ramsay. Filming is set to begin on Thursday. More on O’Connor’s hire can be found here.
Michael Fassbender backed out?? Waaaaah! That would have been hot. I don’t even need to see it to know it would have been hot. Jude Law as the villain? Also hot.
Natalie Portman and her family are leaving Hollywood! The actress’ husband, French dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, has accepted a job offer, where he’ll be the new director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet starting September 2014. Millepied, 35, told the New York Times that he and Portman, 31, will move to the city of love for his new position with their son, Aleph.
Millepied met Portman on the set of Black Swan in 2009 (he was its choreographer and had a small onscreen role), with the twosome announcing their engagement — and Portman’s pregnancy — in December 2010. Born in Bordeaux, France, the handsome dad became a star dancer with the City Ballet in 2002.
With Portman giving birth to Aleph in June 2011, Millepied retired from the stage that same year, founding the L.A. Dance Project — a small, experimental troupe — in 2012. (Millepied told the Times he hopes the troupe will continue after his departure.)
He and Portman married at a private home in Big Sur, Calif. on Aug. 4 of last year, with the movie star wearing an A-line white dress by Rodarte, the label run by Portman’s pals, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy.
Love them! They are so stinkin cute!