Stephen Frears to Direct Tamara Drewe


Stephen Frears has signed on to direct a live-action feature adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ acclaimed graphic novel “Tamara Drewe,” reports Variety.

Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, upcoming Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) will play Drewe, a sexy flirt who returns to her small country village and stirs up dark passions among the locals.

Also boarding the cast are Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig.

Simmonds’ novel, itself a collection of comic strips she first published in U.K. newspaper the Guardian, is a modern reimagining of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Moira Buffini has adapted the script.

Filming will begin on Sept. 21 in the U.K. and at Pinewood Studios.