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Casting Watch: Mia Wasikowska Set to Play 'Madame Bovary,' Paul Giamatti In Talks to Co-Star

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2012 at 3:20PM

Mia Wasikowska is officially attached to star in Occupant Entertainment's adaptation of ''Madame Bovary" as Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's ever-hopeful passion-seeker perpetually bound to the banalities of domestic life. Paul Giamatti is circling a key role, with Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls," which starred Giamatti) set to direct.
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Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska is officially attached to star in Occupant Entertainment's adaptation of ''Madame Bovary" as Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's ever-hopeful passion-seeker perpetually bound to the banalities of domestic life. Variety also reports that Paul Giamatti is circling a key role, with Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls," which starred Giamatti) set to direct. (Bovary's past include Jennifer Jones, Frances O'Connor and Isabelle Huppert.)

This only adds to the "Alice in Wonderland" star's already impressive upcoming slate, which includes Chan-wook Park's "Stoker," John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (previously titled "The Wettest County") and Richard Ayoade's "The Double," co-starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Studio classic literary remakes have been de rigeur as of late. Likely Oscar contender Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina"(November 12),  starring Keira Knightley in the title role, is now in post-production. Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" -- starring just about every actor who can carry a tune, including Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe and Sascha Baron Cohen -- is currently filming.

Occupant Entertainment's official statement on "Madame Bovary":

While the adaptation is a period piece that is faithful to Gustave Flaubert's original story, it is a fresh retelling of the classic novel, emphasizing the more youthful and contemporary themes.

Watch TOH's interview with Wasikowska here, where she discusses her 2011 roles in "Jane Eyre" and "Albert Nobbs."

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Classics


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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.