Warner Bros. has signed on to produce and distribute the biopic Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou and Alessandro Nivola.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, House of Chanel art director Karl Lagerfeld has been hired to supervise re-creations of the legendary designer's attire. Warner Bros. International is joining Haut et Court, [email protected], Warner Bros. Entertainment France and Films Distribution as a producer on the feature.

Warner Bros., which has been in talks to join other producers on the French-language project for the past few months, plans to release the film domestically. Given the shuttering of its Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures divisions, Coco Avant Chanel will be one of the studio's first new tests in handling a specialty release.

Anne Fontaine's adaptation of Edmonde Charles-Roux's biography "L'irreguliere" will focus on Chanel's early years. The four-month shoot will begin Sept. 15 in Paris, with a planned 2009 release.