Kristin Scott Thomas has also joined the cast alongside Pattinson for this adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant short story. The film will revolve around journalist George Duroy (Pattinson) who rises to the top of Paris' social structure due to his ability to charm and bed the Parisian female elite.
Thurman will portray the wife of Duroy's friend who helps Duroy climb the social ladder and, who later becomes his wife. Thomas will play a woman who falls madly for Duroy. Theater director Declan Donnellan will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which is scheduled to start filming in Paris next year.
It was previously reported that Nicole Kidman would star alongside Pattinson in the film and, while she was offered the role, the deal fell through.