Kate Winslet in 'Unforgiven' with a Sewing Machine: 'The Dressmaker'
Next year, Titanic and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star Kate Winslet will venture into young adult sci-fi territory with a role in the adaptation of Divergent starring Shailene Woodley. But that doesn't mean she's leaving behind unique dramas for blockbuster territory. THR has word that Winslet has signed on to star in The Dressmaker, a new film from Australian writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse (How to Make an American Quilt). The drama is said to be stylish with comedic undertones as it follows Tilly Dunnage (Winslet), who returns after many years in Europe to her Australian outback hometown.
But this isn't your average return trip home as Dunnage has revenge on her mind. With a story described as Unforgiven with a sewing machine, the talented dressmaker is coming home after she ran away as a child, somehow being accused of murder. In addition to revenge, Dunnage also hopes to make amends with her eccentric mother, who will be played by Judy Davis (To Rome with Love, Marie Antoinette). Based on Rosalie Ham's book of the same name, the project has been in development for four years. The film will begin production in Australia sometime next year.