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Hollywood stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are coming to Ely – as the cathedral has been chosen for yet another huge blockbuster.

The News can reveal that scenes for the hugely-anticipated new film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth are going to be filmed at the cathedral.

The movie stars Irish-German actor Fassbender as Macbeth and Oscar-winning French actress Cotillard as Lady Macbeth – and both will be appearing in scenes inside the cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

And as if that isn’t exciting enough, residents of what’s been dubbed ‘Elywood’ are also being given the chance to be extras in the film, which is being directed by Justin Kurzel.

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BERLIN – Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (pictured), See-Saw Films’ production “Macbeth” commenced principal photography in Scotland, Studiocanal and Film Four announced Thursday.

The Weinstein Company distributes in the U.S.

Helmed by Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”), “Macbeth” co-stars Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”), Sean Harris (“Prometheus”), Jack Reynor (“What Richard Did”), and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”). It will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.

Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso wrote the screenplay..

Though offering a partly classic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play – “Macbeth,” a fearless warrior, is brought low by ambition – Kurzel’s big-screen adapration offers at least two newer elements. Another of Macbeth’s fatal flaws in Kurzel’s movie – not explored by Shakespeare – is all-consuming passion.

Also, expanding on a direction taken by Roman Polanski in his 1971 makeover, “Macbeth” will also offer “a thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.”

Academy-Award winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech,” “Shame”), produce with Laura Hastings-Smith (“Hunger”). See-Saw have developed the project alongside Film4. Studiocanal will majority finance with Film4, handle international sales, and distribute in the U.K., Germany and France.  .

Cinematographer is Adam Arkapaw (“Animal Kingdom”) who worked with Kurzel on “Snowtown,” production designer is Fiona Crombie (“Top of the Lake”), another “Snowtown” collaborator.

Academy-Award winner Jacqueline Durran (“Atonement,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) designs “Macbeth’s” costumes. Make-up and hair designer is Academy-Award winner Jenny Shircore (“The Invisible Woman,” “My Life with Marilyn”).

“Macbeth” is a See-Saw Films production in association with DMC Film, Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A. and Creative Scotland.



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Marion Cotillard wasn’t a ”wild” teenager and decided to be an actress so she could ”escape”.

Marion Cotillard wasn’t very sociable as a teenager.
The 38-year-old actress admits she held herself back during her younger years and she turned to acting as a way of finding happiness, but she found that her choice in career allowed her to find her inner self and not hide behind her emotions.
She said: ”I was crazy, but I was not wild. I was not very sociable, not very happyeither. I could do crazy things but in a way to destroy myself.
”I decided to be an actress. Perhaps the idea was to escape – but I released that it was the exact opposite, that it was the only way to meet myself. To meet my true self and not to escape anymore … being someone else helped me to find my true self.”
The brunette beauty believes her career took a turn for the better after she was offered the role of Tina Lombardi in ‘The Very Long Engagement’, which won her a French Cesar, and then playingEdith Piaf in ‘La Vie en Rose’.
She explained to The Belfast Telegraph newspaper: ”I started to get proposals of good roles in America – and it was watching American films that first got me interested in acting.”


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“It was a dream come true,” says Marion Cotillard, describing the job she has just completed with the Dardenne brothers, the two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winners. But the statement could apply equally to everything she does. The actress will soon be in England, fulfilling another childhood ambition by playing Lady Macbeth in the latest big-screen adaptation of the Scottish play.

This is on top of two films that will soon be gracing our picture houses. The 38-year-old plays a down-on-her-luck Pole coming to 1920s New York in James Gray’s The Immigrant, and she has a part in the ensemble thriller Blood Ties, directed by French heartthrob Guillaume Canet, with whom she has a two-year-old son.

It’s not just on cinema screens where Cotillard has been wowing. Wherever she goes, someone has seemingly spent hours laying out a red carpet for her to strut down in the latest creation from Christian Dior. She’s been the promotional face of their handbag line since 2008, a contract that landed soon after she became the first woman since Sophia Loren in 1962 to win the Best Actress Oscar for performing a non-English language role.

In any room she enters, Cotillard is seemingly the only person there. This is true even when she dresses in jeans and a T-shirt, as she does when we meet at the Marrakech Film Festival, where she has been on jury duty, rubbing shoulders with heavyweight movie directors – Martin Scorsese, Paolo Sorrentino and Fatih Akin. Everything she does, even dressing down, oozes confidence.
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French actress MARION COTILLARD was shocked to be offered a leading role in a new big screen adaptation of MACBETH because she struggled to understand WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’s classic text.

The La Vie en Rose star will portray Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender as the Scottish king in a reimagining of the stage tragedy, and Cotillard reveals it is her dream role.

However, the Oscar winner admits the language barrier meant she could barely understand the Bard’s original lines.

She tells The Independent newspaper, “I knew that one day I would play Lady Macbeth, but in my mind it would be on stage and in French. I never thought that one day I would say the original lines, which took me ages to understand. I was very honest when I read the text for the first time. I called the director and said. ‘Thank God I know the story, because I didn’t get any of the words’. It’s kind of crazy for them to ask a French actress to do that.”


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