Diane Kruger and Gallic up-and-comer Lea Seydoux (“Robin Hood”) are set to star in helmer Benoit Jacquot’s French Revolution drama “Les Adieux a la reine.”
Kruger will play Marie Antoinette in the pic, to be distribbed by Ad Vitam in France, with Wild Bunch handling international sales.
Based on Chantal Thomas’ eponymous novel, pic unfolds during the three decisive days of the French Revolution in July 1789, told from the point of view of Marie Antoinette’s reader.
Gerard Depardieu and Noemie Lovski (“The French Kissers”) are also attached.
Budgeted at $8.2 million-$9.5 million, pic will be produced by Paris-based GMT Prods. Outfit, owned by media conglom Lagardere Entertainment, is a leading producer of historical films and TV dramas.
Lensing will begin May 16 on location, starting at the castle of Versailles. Film is skedded to be delivered by year’s end.
Jacquot is co-writing the adaptation with Gilles Taurant (“The Army of Crime,” “L’Autre Dumas”).
GMT prexy Jean Pierre Guerin started developing the project in 2006 after working on a docu-drama about Marie Antoinette for France Televisions. “It’s not a classic biopic,” said producer Christophe Valette. “It’s more of a portrait of Marie Antoinette and a snapshot of Versailles courtship amid the French Revolution.”
Valette also said the production built an authentic drapery workroom to design and fabricate the dresses of the main characters.
Pic marks Jacquot’s follow up to period drama “Au fond des bois,” which will play at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in New York.