Marion Cotillard May Co-Star in ARTHUR & LANCELOT [Updated]

     December 2, 2011


Marion Cotillard may be joining Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.  According to Vulture, Cotillard has been offered the role of Arthur’s sorceress half-sister, Morgana (aka Morgan le Fay).  If the new take on the Arthurian legend keeps with modern portrayals of Morgana, she’ll likely be the film’s villain.  If Cotillard passes on the role, expect Warner Bros. to go after someone at a similar level of fame (i.e. an actress who’s better known than TV stars Harington and Kinnaman, but isn’t in the price range of someone like Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman).

Hit the jump for more details on the film.  Arthur & Lancelot is slated to open on March 15, 2012.  Cotillard will next be seen in The Dark Knight Rises.  She’s also attached to star in the Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) suspense/thriller Rust and Bone. [Update: Representatives for Cotillard have informed us that she's not involved with Arthur & Lancelot.]

Here’s what Dobkin said about how he adapted the legend of King Arthur:

“I pulled the legend apart. I only kept a few things. I kept certain characters, I recreated the entire launch of the legend and why it starts the way that it starts, I don’t want to give away too much but it’s always had a flaw. I pulled the flaws out, I reinvented the characters as grounded characters. I took a much more realistic and grounded approach towards everybody, you know why would this character be this way and why would this character be that way? You know Arthur’s superpower is compassion and vision. I will tell you this, the whole thing is wrapped around the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.”

I don’t think that’s true.  I think Robin Hood was the first mythical figure to say all men are created equal.  I learned that from Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.  Maybe the two can have an imaginary encounter where they fake debate the merits of enlightenment ideas.


  • Kurt Hendricks

    Marion Cotillard is really gorgeous and very talented. I hope she turns this down as it seems that she is gradually being typecast if a rumour about her character in one of her forthcoming films turns out to be correct.
    In addition, it would have been good to at least mention Eva Green’s excellent performance in the recent television series, ‘Camelot’ as the same character they want Marion Cotillard to play.

  • Neo_3

    Didn’t Robin Hood come hundreds of years later?

  • Sanette

    I’d really like to see her take on the role. She doesn’t have that obvious I’m-so-mean attitude like Eva Green. The casting looks better and better I have to say!

  • Sara

    Use another photo. This photo is sooooo photoshopped. Look her face. I am not the only one who notes this. Am I?

    But Robin Hood is way after King Arthur.

    Probably Robin Hood is from XIII and King Arthur is from V or VI.

  • zootcatchy

    I DON’T NEED NO JOLIE OR PORTMAN in a movie I’m gonna watch!

    but I would totally love to see Marion, she’s amazing!
    by the way now Steven Soderbergh.

    • zootcatchy

      *by the way now Steven Soderbergh directs this.

      • Sara

        Nope. I just on IMDB. but i think it’s wrong. Steven Soderbergh will direct The Bitter Pill

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  • Alex-mansy

    Haha nice one Matt with the King Arthur pic, a film that was strangely serious yet ridiculous at the same time but overall quite entertaining.

    Probably Buddha said all people were created equal first.

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  • Klw

    I think with the whole “all men are created equal” thing he’s referring to the Round Table. One 12th century story relates that Arthur’s knights had a giant brawl over who got to sit closer to the throne at a feast. They were sitting at a long table with the noblest knights starting at one end. The Round Table was created to make them all feel equal (even though I don’t see how that would ultimately solve the problem of who gets to sit closest to Arthur).