Production Weekly informs via its twitter feed that Christina Ricci has climbed aboard the erotically charged drama Bel Ami in the role of Clotilde, a promiscuous young housewife who engages in a fair bit of erotic charging with Pattinson’s Georges Duroy; it was also divulged in the tweet that filming on the project is set to commence next month.
A brief refresher: slated for a 2011 release, Bel Ami follows the aforementioned Duroy, a nineteenth-century French journalist who ascends Paris’ social ladder through a number of manipulative trists with talented and influential women. The film is based on Guy De Maupassant’s celebrated 1885 novel and will be helmed by noted theatre directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Uma Thurman and Kristen Scott Thomas are also set to co-star and, to the envy of Twifans the world over, be thoroughly taken advantage of by Pattinson. Thurman will play Duroy’s central paramour and ladder rung, Madeleine Forestier, while Thomas will play a socialite who is seduced by the suave, power-hungry protagonist.
Turning back to Ricci for a second, I’m glad she’s signed on for this. She’s a talented and underutilized actress, and it’s nice to see her involved in another high-profile project.