Rupert Friend Romances Cheri

Rupert Friend (“Pride & Prejudice,” “The Young Victoria”) is joining Stephen Frears’ French romantic period drama “Cheri” for Miramax and Pathe says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Colette’s provocative 1920 novel, Kathy Bates is in final negotiations to play famed French courtesan Madame Peloux. Peloux sends the spoiled Cheri (Friend) to her courtesan pal Lea de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer) for an adult education.

Their six-year affair however comes to a painful end when he’s forced to marry a wealthy young woman. Pfeiffer, Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton all previously teamed on “Dangerous Liasons”.