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Hawkins 'thrilled' to play Lewis

Sally Hawkins is to play Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis on screen: Photo © Hawkins 'thrilled' to play Lewis Photo

Sally Hawkins has revealed she will play Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis on the big screen.

The Oscar-nominated Blue Jasmine star will take the leading role in indie drama Maudie, which will be directed by Aisling Walsh, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to play such an extraordinary and inspiring artist. It is a beautiful script," she said.

"I have been desperate to work with Aisling Walsh again since Fingersmith. She is quite brilliant and perfect to bring Maudie's story to life," she added.

Based on the true story of the Nova Scotia painter who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, the romantic drama follows Maud's rise to fame from her early housekeeping days to a curmudgeonly miser to a well-loved artist.

The film's screenplay has been written by Sherry White.

Maudie is scheduled to start shooting in Newfoundland, Canada, in August.

Sally, who played Cate Blanchett's sister in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, next stars in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston, and Paddington with Hugh Bonneville and Colin Firth.

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