McDormand Lives for a Day

Focus Features has booked Frances McDormand for two films, the first being the title character in “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” an adaptation of the Winifred Watson period comic novel that will shoot in London in April.

Bharat Nalluri, who is coming off the HBO pic “Tsunami: The Aftermath,” will direct. The script was written by Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty”) and David Magee (“Finding Neverland”) reports Variety.

She plays a governess in the 1800s who gets a taste of glamour when she goes to work in the home of a nightclub songstress. One of Pettigrew’s chores is to sort out the entertainer’s unrespectable affairs.

McDormand will then head to New York to star opposite George Clooney in “Burn After Reading,” a dark comedy about the CIA that will be directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.