Marion Cotillard is set to headline an adaptation of Craig Davidson's short story collection Rust and Bone, Variety reports. A Prophet director Jacques Audiard will direct, re-teaming with co-writer Thomas Bidegain.
The French production will also star Bouli Lanners, Celine Sallette, and Matthias Schoenarts, adapting the collection which is described as follows on Davidson's official site:
In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers. The twenty-seven bones of the title story are the bones in a boxer's hands; once broken, they never heal properly, and the fighter's career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival: no referee, no rules, not even gloves. In "A Mean Utility" we enter an even more desperate arena: dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death.
Cotillard, who won an Oscar for her leading role in La Vie en Rose, appears in this week's Contagion and will, next-summer, re-team with her Inception director Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises.
Rust and Bone is aiming for a fall shoot in France and Beligum.