Mia Wasikowska is MADAME BOVARY

Paul Giamatti attached for supporting role.

Mia Wasikowska (‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’) has been tapped to take the title role in the Sophie Barthes-directed drama ‘Madame Bovary.’

Adapted from Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 renowned masterpiece, the drama sees Wasikowska playing the role of Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor who she married to escape her father’s pig farm. She constantly tries to climb the social ladder by engaging in extra-marital affairs.

The young actress will be joined by Barthes’ ‘Cold Souls’ star Paul Giamatti in the role of Monsieur Homais, “the town apothecary who is a close confidant of her husband Charles and threatens to reveal the Emma’s steamy indiscretions.”

According to Variety, the screenplay by Rose Barreneche will emphasise the “more youthful and contemporary themes” of Flaubert’s original story.