"Rust and Bone" actress Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to star in Benoit Jacquot's "Diary of a Chambermaid".
The project is based on Octave Mirbeau's classic 1900 novel. Cotillard would play Celestine, a young and ambitious woman who works as a chambermaid for wealthy families from 1890 to 1900.
The story explores condition of house servants and perversions within France's upper-class society at the turn of the 20th century. At the time of release it was considered subversive.
The property has been adapted onto film twice before - in 1946 by Jean Renoir, and in 1964 by Luis Bunuel.
This new $8.7 million version is penned by Helene Zimmer and Jacquot, and is being produced by the team behind last year's "Farewell My Queen".
Shooting aims to kick off next March.