Mia Wasikowska has the sort of fresh face and innocence that make her perfect for period roles, whether it’s Alice going down the rabbit hole or the governess Jane Eyre. The actress doesn’t seem too worried about being typecast in corsetted part, as Variety reports that she’s signed up for the title role in director Sophie Barthes’ take on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.
The script apparently puts a fresh spin on the tale of a beautiful small-town doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, who attempts to climb the social ladder by engaging in extra-marital affairs. The project will emphasise the more youthful themes found in the book, which haven’t been fully explored in past adaptation.
Paul Giamatti is also set to appear as Monsieur Homais, a friend of the doctor who threatens to expose Emma’s secrets. The film is set to shoot this autumn.