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Marion Cotillard In Talks for 'Diary of a Chambermaid,' Adapted by 'Farewell, My Queen' Director Benoit Jacquot

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2013 at 2:44PM

Marion Cotillard is circling the lead role of Celestine in Benoit Jacquot's "Diary of a Chambermaid," adapted from the novel by Octave Mirbeau. Celestine is an ambitious Parisian maid working at wealthy families' estates from 1890 to 1900; the novel underscores the upstairs-downstairs dynamic and the sexual perversions...
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Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard is circling the lead role of Celestine in Benoit Jacquot's "Diary of a Chambermaid," adapted from the novel by Octave Mirbeau. Celestine is an ambitious Parisian maid working at wealthy families' estates from 1890 to 1900; the novel underscores the upstairs-downstairs dynamic and the sexual perversions in the turn-of-the-century French class system.

Variety reports that Cotillard has met with Jacquot and is looking forward to working with the director. Production is set to start in March 2014.

The project is written by Helene Zimmer and Jacquot. The duo teamed for Jacquot's Cesar-nominated "Farewell, My Queen," an unsettling horror story about the last days of Versailles' rule under Marie Antoinette, and the mercurial monarch's tumultuous sex life. It stars Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux.

"Diary" has been adapted for the big screen twice; once by Jean Renoir in 1946, starring actress and Charlie Chaplin's longtime girlfriend Paulette Goddard, and once in 1964 by devilish surrealism maestro Luis Bunuel, starring French New Wave legend Jeanne Moreau. Watch a clip from the Bunuel version below (the Renoir version is available for streaming on Netflix).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.