Four years after writing and directing Keira Knightley starrer “The Duchess” for Paramount Vantage, Brit helmer Saul Dibb is prepping his next pic “Suite Francaise,” which three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams is in talks to topline.
Dibb will write and direct the period drama, which follows Lucille Angellier (Williams), a spirited young woman in occupied France who falls for a German officer and must choose between love and her country.
Left under the supervision of her domineering mother-in-law when the husband she never really loved heads off to war, Lucille’s only escape is playing the piano. The young German officer assigned to stay at their home is a former composer, and the attraction between him and the protag is immediate.
Should a deal make, pic would reunite Williams with her “My Week With Marilyn” collaborators David Parfitt and Mark Cooper, who are producing “Suite Francaise.” Production is tentatively skedded to start next spring in London.