It has been over 60 years since Hollywood has made a big-screen adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 “Madame Bovary.” As one of the most beloved literary classics of all time, this is a whale of a project, especially for second-time director Sophie Barthes (“Cold Souls”).
“Madame Bovary” stars the lovely Mia Wasikowska as the unhappily married titular character living in 19th century France. Emma Bovary searches desperately for a spark in her life after marrying distant country doctor Charles Bovary. Wasikowska seems a natural choice for the lead role, as she has already portrayed literary heroines with strength and vivacity in “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) and “Jane Eyre” (2011).
In attempts to escape the lonely dullness of her married life, Bovary conducts love affairs with several men, and shops so vigorously that her husband falls into debt. As The Playlist reported, “The adaptation debuted at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, and hit Toronto and London not long after, but failed to make much of an impression.”
Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green and Laura Carmichael also star. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay.
No release date has been set, but Alchemy will release the picture in cinemas in 2015 in the U.S. Check out the trailer below: