Variety reports that Miramax Films has picked up North American rights to Becoming Jane in which Anne Hathaway stars as Brit novelist Jane Austen.

Helmer is Julian Jarrold, who directed Miramax's U.K. import Kinky Boots.

James McAvoy, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters also star.

Becoming centers on a love affair Austen began as a 20-year-old -- with brilliant, roguish Irishman Tom Lefroy -- that inspired her career as one of the world's great romantic scribes. Movie also looks at how the writer's relationship with Lefroy helped create the male characters in Pride & Prejudice.

Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams penned the script; Ecosse Films is producing in association with Blueprint Pictures and Scion Films.