Macbeth

Rupert Grint

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard may have their own Macbeth in the works, but all the acting talent in the world can’t replace the box office dynamite that is Ron Weasley. Rupert Grint, the actor who will likely spend the rest of his life in the shadow  Harry Potter has just been cast in Enemy of Man, a reworking of one of William Shakespeare’s most enduring plays. While we don’t know whom Grint will be playing, we do know that Charles Dance has been cast alongside him. You may know Dance via his Game of Thrones character, Tywin Lannister. Factor in that Sean Bean (who also had a stint on Game of Thrones) will be playing Macbeth, and things are setting up nicely for a little fantasy series face-off. Unless all three actors happen to be on the same side, at which point it might become Potter and Thrones vs X-Men, as Jason Flemying (who played the demonic Azazel in X-Men: First Class) has already been cast as MacDuff.

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Seeing as Lady Macbeth is one of the most infamous and memorable characters who has appeared in all of Shakespeare’s works, and she’s a domineering woman who leads her confused husband down a dark path of ambition-driven bad decision making, any successful production of the story needs to find as powerful an actress as it can possibly acquire to play her. That includes director Justin Kurzel’s (The Snowtown Murders) upcoming film adaptation of the story, which currently has Michael Fassbender attached in the lead role of the would-be King of Scotland. Kurzel’s first move when it came to filling the Lady Macbeth role was to sign up Natalie Portman, but when she had to eventually drop out of the project he suddenly got sent back to the drawing board. Well, Deadline is reporting that another round of searching for an actress with that certain je ne sais quoi needed to pull the role off is over, and this time around he’s decided to sign up bewitching French actress Marion Cotillard.

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What is Casting Couch? Maybe not more casting news than you can shake a stick at, but just enough so that you’ll feel comfortable shaking a stick at it. Today we have news of movie roles for TV stars Allison Williams and Jon Hamm. Get shakin’. Back a few months ago it was looking like Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender were going to be working together on Jane Got a Gun, but we all saw what happened there. No dice. Those who were hot and bothered by the idea of a Portman/Fassbender pairing need not worry though, because not only will they both be appearing in Terrence Malick’s newest project in some form or another, but they’ll definitely be sharing serious screen time in Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth. Just two days ago we learned that Fassbender would be taking the title role of the stage-to-film adaptation, and now Screen Daily is reporting that Portman has signed on for the role of his scheming, murderous wife, Lady Macbeth. This should give her more of an opportunity to cultivate that creep factor she showed flashes of in Black Swan. Intriguing.

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Happy Birthday Kurosawa! Happy Birthday Toshiro Mifune! Their birthdays are a week apart, so we’ve decided to celebrate by remembering the time that Kurosawa shot real arrows at his favorite lead actor. Oh, those lovable scamps!

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