Eva Birthistle, Nathalie Press, Emily Holmes and Jodhi May have joined the cast of Peter Greenaway's Rembrandt biopic Nightwatching which sets out to shed new light on the painter's life through a fresh reading of his 1642 painting "Night Watch", according to Variety.

Martin Freeman, star of the BBC's hit TV show The Office, will topline as the Dutch master.

Birthistle (Breakfast on Pluto) will play Rembrandt's wife with May (On a Clear Day) and Holmes (Snakes on a Plane) playing the painter's mistresses. Press (Red Road) also features in the cast, which was unveiled at Wednesday's launch in a room full of Rembrandt masterpieces at London's National Gallery.

As well as the film, a stage production is scheduled to premiere in Rotterdam in February, a documentary and related Rembrandt exhibitions are also planned.

The movie will shoot in Poland and Wales and is aiming for a May 2007 release, possibly at the Cannes Film Festival.