Frances McDormand has signed on to star in two separate films to schedule her 2007.

She will play the title character in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day for Focus Features, an adaptation of the Winifred Watson period comic novel that will shoot in London in April; Bharat Nalluri will direct. The script was written by Simon Beaufoy and David Magee. Variety adds Frances plays a governess in the 1800s who gets a taste of glamour when she goes to work in the home of a nightclub songstress; one of Pettigrew's chores is to sort out the entertainer's unrespectable affairs.

McDormand will then head to New York to star opposite George Clooney in Burn After Reading, also for Focus; it's a dark comedy about the CIA that will be directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.