Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen) is set to helm a 1920s period piece based on the book “Cheri” by French author Collette. Michelle Pfeiffer had already signed on to do the project, but it has been announced that Kathy Bates and Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) will now be joining her.
Friend will play the title character, and Bates is in final negotiations to play his mother, Madame Peloux, a famed courtesan in 1920s France. Peloux sends the spoiled Cheri to her courtesan pal Lea de Lonval (Pfeiffer) for an adult education, but their six-year affair comes to a painful end when he’s forced to marry a wealthy young woman.
Cheri will begin filming later next month and is slated for release sometime in 2009 (exact date not yet specified).
These are some incredibly talented actors and, from what I hear, Frears is a great director (you don’t get two Oscar nods if you aren’t!)… so I’m interested to see what they do with this!