Posy Simmonds' acclaimed graphic novel Tamara Drewe is getting a big screen adaptation. According to Variety, British director Stephen Frears is set to take on this romantic comedy.

Gemma Arterton has signed on to play Drewe, a sexy flirt that returns to her small hometown village only to stir up dark passion amongst the locals. Also starring in the film are Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig. Simmonds' work is based on the Thomas Hardy classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd, which was adapted into a film in 1967.

The film is set to start shooting later this year.

B. Alan Orange