Marion Cotillard Eyes DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID February 15, 2013 French actress circling lead in period drama. Variety is reporting that Marion Cotillard (‘Rust and Bone,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) is in negotiations to lead ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’ for French director Benoit Jacquot (‘Farewell My Queen,’ ‘Sade’). Based on Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel, ‘Le Journal d’une femme de chamber,’ the drama follows Celestine, a young and ambitious woman whose job as a chambermaid gives her an insight into the perversions within France’s upper-class society at the turn of the 20th century. Jacquot’s adaptation will mark the third time Mirbeau’s novel has been brought to the big screen. Jean Renoir directed a Hollywood-set adaptation in 1946; and in 1964, Luis Bunuel directed a French-Italian take.