Marion Cotillard making "Enemies"

Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:26pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Marion Cotillard, who was nominated for an Oscar for her star turn as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose," is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in the Depression-era crime drama "Public Enemies."

An adaptation of Brian Burrough's book "Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43," the story follows the government's attempt to stop the criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Depp is playing Dillinger to Bale's famed FBI agent Melvin Purvis.

Cotillard will play Billie, Dillinger's torch singer girlfriend.

Michael Mann ("The Insider," "Collateral," "Miami Vice") is directing for Universal. Mann wrote the script with Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman.

"Enemies" is not Cotillard's first English-language feature. "A Good Year" and "Big Fish" are among the English-language productions the French actress has appeared in.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Actress Marion Cotillard poses at the 60th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Century City, California, January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>