Gemma Arterton joins Frears' 'Tamara Drewe'

Live-action adaptation of Posy Simmonds' graphic novel

LONDON -- Stephen Frears' live-action adaptation of Posy Simmonds' graphic novel "Tamara Drewe" has attracted a stellar British cast, including Gemma Arterton.

Arterton leads a cast including Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig in the BBC Films and U.K. Film Council-backed project.

She plays Drewe, a sexy woman who returns to her rural place of birth and kicks up a fuss when emotions run high among the locals.

Moira Buffini, spotted and championed by the U.K. Film Council's development fund paymasters, has adapted Simmonds' book, a collection of comic strips she first published in U.K. newspaper the Guardian.

The council has pumped £102,000 ($154,000) into its development and is putting up a further £780,000 ($1.1 million) from its Premiere fund to boost production cash.

U.K. production banner Ruby Films and BBC Films are producing the project, along with sales and financier West End Films, which is handling international sales.

It is set to start shooting here this month.