'Therese Raquin' to be helmed by Huppert

PARIS — Emily Dequenne, controversial joint winner of the Cannes film festival’s actress award in 1999 for her role in “Rosetta,” will play Zola’s famous heroine Therese Raquin in a TV miniseries, production sources said Wednesday.

The two 90-minute episodes will be written and helmed by director Caroline Huppert, whose sister Isabelle picked up the Cannes actress nod this year for “The Piano Teacher.”

“Therese Raquin” is being produced for pubcaster France 3 by Jean Nainchrik, of September Prods. It will shoot in the Paris region this fall.

Belgian actress Dequenne appeared in Christophe Gans’ hit actioner “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and is shooting the Claude Berri-helmed “Femme de Menage” (The Cleaning Lady), starring opposite Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others”).

In other casting news, husband and wife team Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel will star in Gallic helmer Gaspar Noe’s “Irreversible,” producer Richard Grandpierre said Wednesday.

The love story is produced by Christophe Rossignon, of Nord Ouest Prods., and Eskwad, the Studio Canal unit headed by Grandpierre.

Studio Canal’s Wild Bunch is handling international sales, while Mars Films will distribute in France. The French TV channel Canal Plus also pre-bought the $4 million pic.

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