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Casting Things: Christina Hendricks To Strip, Marion Cotillard To Die Again, and More

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- Though Snowtown director Justin Kurzel's new take on MacBeth was set to star Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in the lead roles, now Portman's out and Marion Cotillard will reportedly take over as Lady MacBeth. Thankfully, at least this time her character dies off screen.

- Warner Bros. has reportedly picked up rights to Empire Rising as a potential directing vehicle for Guy Ritchie. The novel, written by Thomas Kelly, stages a love triangle around the construction of the Empire State Building. Probably a metaphor for the dudes' boners.

- Idris Elba is reportedly attached to play commander of a group of West African mercenaries in Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of the book of the same name. So if playing Mandela doesn't work as Oscar bait, hopefully a different African leader will work out for him.

- Deadline reports that director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's has added Christina Hendricks to the cast of Dark Places, his film about "class, rural America, poverty, opportunism and Satanic cults in the 1980s." The Mad Men star will play a "barely-getting-by stripper" in a country town with fucking insane standards for strippers, apparently.

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