Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in the latest feature from Australian writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse, producers Film Art Media said Thursday.
The Dressmaker, billed as a stylish drama with comic undertones, centers on Tilly Dunnage (Winslet), who returns after many years in Europe to her small Australian outback hometown with revenge on her mind.
Tilly, a talented couturier, returns to the remote country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder. She wants to make amends with her eccentric mother, Molly (Davis), but first must unravel the secrets of her past.
Principal photography will start Down Under in 2014.
The Dressmaker is based on the novel of the same name by Ham, which Maslin optioned four years ago.
The film will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Universal Pictures International and is being sold worldwide by U.K.-based sales agent Embankment Films and co-represented in the U.S. with CAA.