Mia Wasikowska to Lead MADAME BOVARY; Paul Giamatti Circling Supporting Role

     March 30, 2012

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Fresh off proving that she can totally rock a corset (plus, you know, poignantly bring to life one of literature’s most renowned characters) in last year’s Jane Eyre, young Aussie Mia Wasikowska is set to lead another adaptation of a 19th Century classic in the form of Madame Bovary.  Gustave Flaubert’s highly revered and influential novel (which many cite as having planted the seed for modern literary Realism) tells the tale of Emma Bovary, a young woman who goes through life dreaming of excitement and romance, only to be stifled at nearly every turn by the repression of her male-dominated era. Paul Giamatti is also reported to be closing in on an important role in the film, which is being helmed by Sophie Barthes, who worked with Giamatti in her 2009 debut, Cold Souls. Hit the jump for more.

madame-bovary-mia-wasikowskaPer Variety, the Occupant Entertainment production, which was scripted by Rose Barreneche,  will remain faithful to Flaubert’s 1856 work, but will also bring to the fore all of the book’s “more youthful and contemporary themes.”

A fair number of critics have pointed to Wasikowska’s portrayal of Jane Eyre as the best ever to grace the silver screen. Moreover, anyone who watched Season 1 of HBO’s psychiatry-simulator In Treatment (and if you haven’t, you should) knows what kind of talent she’s packing. There are few better tests of an actor’s abilities than sitting across from Gabriel Byrne for 3-plus hours and just talking. When I first sat down to watch, I didn’t think it would become one of my all-time favourites (the premise seemed a touch on the dry side) but right from “Week One” I was never less than riveted. Much of that is thanks to Wasikowska’s career-launching turn as a suicidal teen.

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