Pair will tell the story of folk artist Maude Lewis…

Sally Hawkins (‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Happy Go Lucky’) is set reteam with Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh for ‘Maudie,’ a romantic drama inspired by the life story of folk artist Maude Lewis.

A Canada-Ireland co-production, the story takes place in Nova Scotia in the 1950s and ’60s and centres on the reclusive Everett Lewis, who hires a tiny disfigured woman to be his housekeeper and ends up managing her artistic career as a she becomes a well loved folk artist.

Filming on ‘Maudie’ will get underway in July in Newfoundland, Canada.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to play such an extraordinary and inspiring artist. It is a beautiful script,” said Hawkins in a statement. “I have been desperate to work with Aisling Walsh again since Fingersmith. She is quite brilliant and perfect to bring Maudie’s story to life.”

Bob Cooper of Los Angeles-based Landscape, Mary Young Leckie of Solo Productions and Susan Mullen from Dublin-based Parallel are producing.