Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael – better known to viewers as Lady Edith – has joined the cast of Sophie Barthes’ upcoming adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary, according to Variety. Carmichael is the second Downton star to be cast, alongside Paul Giamatti, who will debut as Lady Edith’s playboy uncle in the current season.
Carmichael is cast as Henrietta, a character not named in the book but possibly based on that of Heloise, the first wife of Madame Bovary’s husband Charles.
Mia Wasikowska, star of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, will play the titular Emma Bovary, a country girl whose idealistic notions of romance, and her disillusionment with her husband, lead her to ill-fated infidelity and financial trouble.
Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk about Kevin) will play one of Emma’s lovers, whilst Rhys Ifans will star as unscrupulous merchant Monsieur Lheureux. Giamatti will portray bourgeois pharmacist Monsieur Homais, with Prometheus’s Logan Marshall-Green as the Marquis d’Andervilliers and Cannes best actor winner Olivier Gourmet as Monsieur Rouault.