Michelle Williams has a knack for picking interesting projects, which may not be fodder for massive blockbuster success, but which make for worthwhile films. She’s continuing that pattern as Variety reports she is in talks to star in the wartime drama Suite Francaise for filmmaker Saul Dibb (The Duchess).
If a deal is reached, the Oscar-nominated actress will portray Lucille Angellier, a young woman in Nazi-occupied France who falls for a young German soldier while her husband is off fighting the war. Her only escape is playing the piano, which piques the interest of the soldier who was a composer before the war.
The film is based on Irene Nemirovsky’s novel, which she wrote (but never completed) during World War II, shortly before she was arrested and taken to a concentration camp, where she died. The novel was finally published in 2004 and praised for its firsthand look at the ever-changing situation for French people as the Nazis took over.
Saul Dibb will direct from his own screenplay. Prodcution is scheduled to begin next spring in London.