Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to director Stephen Frears’ adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Tamara Drewe. The stunning and talentedGemma Arterton, who played Bond girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, gets the juicy role of Tamara Drewe, a newspaper columnist who returns to her native village and stirs the passions of local swains. Variety reports that Frears is set to begin filming on September 21st with a cast that also includes Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig.
Originally published serially in the Guardian newspaper, Tamara Drewe was collected in graphic novel form in 2007. It earned an Eisner Award Nomination (see “Eisner Nominations Released”) and made Publisher’s Weekly’s list of “Ten Best Graphic Novels” (see “Amazon & PW’s Best Graphic Novels of 2008”).