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Malkovich Disgraces Fiennes

Published May 18, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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John Malkovich, who we have been anxiously waiting to see in both Eragon and Beowulf, has added yet another film to his impressively large lineup. The actor has up to seven films to still come our way and it looks like he figured disgracing one Ralph Fiennes couldn't hurt.

John Malkovich Replaces Ralph Fiennes for Disgrace

According to Variety, John Malkovich has stepped in to replace Ralph Fiennes as lead in Disgrace, the bigscreen adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel.

Malkovich plays a professor of romantic poetry who has an affair with one of his students and is driven into exile. But his new love is tested when the pair become victims of a vicious attack.

Film reunites Fortissimo and key elements of Oz drama La Spagnola, which company repped three years ago. Coetzee-approved screenplay was penned by Spagnola scribe Anna-Maria Monticelli and will be helmed by that film's director Steve Jacobs.

"This film really underlines how Fortissimo has evolved," said co-prexy Michael J. Werner. "We are now a company that represents films from around the globe and operates at all levels of the film industry." Company has five films across the Cannes festival, including John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, which gets a midnight screening, and Sydney Pollack-directed "Sketches of Frank Gehry," which unspools in the official selection out of competition.

Disgrace will enter production this fall.

Stay tuned for updates.

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