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Winslet to join The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet has reportedly signed on for revenge drama The Dressmaker.

The Oscar-winning actress is said to have been cast as skilled couturier Tilly Dunnage, who is intent on taking vengeance when she returns to her small Australian hometown from Europe, years after fleeing when she was accused of murder.

Judy Davis will play her eccentric mother in the "stylish drama with comic undertones", which has also been likened to Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven "with a sewing machine", said The Hollywood Reporter.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, The Dressmaker is based on Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name.

Producer Sue Maslin said: "This is a project with rich, complex characters and an indelible Australian setting. Jocelyn is the perfect filmmaker to bring Rosalie Ham's book to screens throughout the world. The incredible assembly of talent in front of and behind the camera is testimony to the ambition of everyone involved to make a great film."

Filming is expected to begin in Australia in 2014.

It's the latest big-screen role for Kate, who won a best actress Oscar in 2008 for The Reader.

The 37-year-old - who is expecting her fourth child, her first with new husband Ned Rocknroll - will next star in Jason Reitman's drama Labour Day, Alan Rickman's period drama A Little Chaos and Neil Burger's sci-fi adventure Divergent.

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