Carey Mulligan to star in `Far From The Madding Crowd`

Updated: May 19, 2013, 10:31 AM IST

Cannes: After her turn as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luharmann`s `The Great Gatsby`, Carey Mulligan is set to star in an adaptation of Thomas Hardy`s 1874 novel `Far From The Madding Crowd`.

The 27-year-old British actress seems to have a fondness for book adaptations. She started her career with `Pride & Prejudice` while her breakout performance in `An Education` was also based on the memoirs of British journalist Lynn Barber.

`Far From Madding Crowd`, Hardy`s fourth novel, revolves around tempestuous Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors.

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, whose `The Hunt` was in the Cannes competition last year, will make his English-language helming debut with the movie.

The UK`s DNA Films is producing with Fox Searchlight, which confirms that Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in the new take.

They`ll play Bathsheba and Gabriel Oak.

A previous film version was directed by John Schlesinger in 1967 and starred Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates (as Oak).

Mulligan starer `The Great Gatsby` opened the Cannes film festival this year.