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Mia Wasikowska to star as Madame Bovary

Jane Eyre

Story by Jack Foley

MIA Wasikowska has been signed up to play the leading role in a new adaptation of Madame Bovary.

To be directed by Sophie Barthes (of Cold Souls fame), the film will see Wasikowska playing the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor who she marries to escape her father’s pig farm, but who continually tries to climb the social ladder by engaging in extra-marital affairs.

Barthes’ Cold Souls leading man Paul Giamatti is to play Monsieur Homais, the town apothecary and close confidant of her husband Charles, who threatens to reveal her steamy indiscretions.

According to Variety, the adaptation is a period piece that will remain faithful to Gustave Flaubert’s original story but offers a fresh re-telling of the classic novel.

Hence, it will highlight the youthful and contemporary themes contained within a little more.

Wasikowska is currently one of Hollywood’s most in-demand young actresses having played the title role in Tim Burton’s billion-dollar grosser Alice in Wonderland and winning widespread critical acclaim for another period piece, Jane Eyre.

The actress is about to start filming Richard Ayoade’s The Double with Jesse Eisenberg and also stars in Fox Searchlight’s thriller Stoker.

She’ll also be seen in a supporting role alongside Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s Lawless.

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