'Downton Abbey' Star Joins 'Madame Bovary'

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Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, is the latest addition to an all-star cast that includes Paul Giamatti and Mia Wasikowska.

Laura Carmichael, who plays the terminally unlucky-in-love Lady Edith on PBS' Downton Abbey, has boarded Sophie Barthes' adaptation of Madame Bovary. Carmichael joins a cast that already includes Paul Giamatti -- who appears alongside her in the upcoming season of Downton, playing her playboy uncle -- Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Rhys Ifans.

Also boarding the production is Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Cannes best actor winner Olivier Gourmet.

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Wasikowska plays the title role in this adaptation -- Emma, a young, beautiful woman from northern France who marries the town doctor in order to escape a life of swine farming.

Once introduced to high society, however, Emma grows bored of her husband and engages in several ill-fated affairs. Marshall-Green will play the Marquis D'Andervilliers, a handsome society man, and Carmichael will portray Henrietta.

The film, which begins shooting on Monday, is directed by Barthes (Cold Souls), who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 1856 romantic novel. Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment are producing in association with Barthes' Aden Films and Aleph Motion Pictures' Jaime Mateus-Tique.

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WME helped secure financing for the film and represents U.S. rights, while Radiant Films International will handle foreign sales.