Maid Marion

from The Post and Courier (US) / by Bill Thompson

Expect to see a lot more of young French actress Marion Cotillard (Tim Burton’s “Big Fish”) in the near future, what with two high-profile projects en route to our shores.

First she stars as the legendary chanteuse Edith Piaf in Oliver Dahan’s “La Vie En Rose,” followed by the lead in Ridley Scott’s just-finished “A Good Year,” based on novelist (and nonfiction writer) Peter Mayle’s tale of Provence.

Cotillard, 30, stars in the latter as the owner of a restaurant who draws the attention of British expatriate Max Skinner (Russell Crowe).

Established French stars Audrey Tautou, Eva Green and Emmanuelle Beart could be looking over their collective shoulders at the new competition, provided Cotillard doesn’t chuck the whole movie business to make her part-time work for Greenpeace a full-time endeavor.

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