Michael Mann’s Depression-era gangster movie “Public Enemies” has added new names to its cast, including an Oscar-nominated actress from France in Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose”). Also joining the cast, which already includes headlining stars Christian Bale and Johnny Depp, are Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff and Jason Clarke.
The Oscar-nominated “La Vie en rose” star Cotillard will play Billie Frechette, the lover of the country’s most notorious gangster, John Dillinger (Depp).
Tatum will play outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd, Ribisi will play Alvin Karpis, Dorff is near a deal to play Homer Van Meter, and Clarke will play John “Red” Hamilton. That quartet repped a Dillinger gang that knocked off banks all over the Midwest during the Depression.
Bale plays Melvin Purvis, who was tapped by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover to lead a manhunt that established the FBI as the country’s first federal police force after the G-Men killed Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater in 1934.
From everything I’m hearing about Cotillard, she looks like a star in the making. That is, if she can survive the Hollywood machine, which has chewed up and spat out more foreign starlets than Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty combined.