Actress Marion Cotillard scores coveted role

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She has nearly 40 films under her belt, but French actress Marion Cotillard is barely known outside of France. The only two English-speaking films you might remember her from are Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and Ridley Scott’s “A Good Year.”

Now things are about to change for the 32 year old Parisian. She has just signed on to star in director Rob Marshall’s new musical masterpiece, “Nine,” alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem. Marshall, who directed “Chicago” and “Memoires of a Geisha” is keen to take on the big screen adaptation of this Tony award-winning Broadway musical, and it looks like Hollywood A-list is too.

The story centers around a film director who can’t concentrate on his work because he’s dealing with numerous women in his life including his lover, wife, and dead mother. Poor guy. It is based on the Fellini movie “8 1/2.” Cotillard will play the director’s wife, Louisa.

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