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Helen Mirren to play French chef?

Dame Helen Mirren is rumoured to be in talks to play an eccentric French chef in a film adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey from the director of Chocolat.

Richard C Morais' novel tells the story of the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France.

The French restaurant is run by the famous eccentric chef Madame Mallory, who becomes a reluctant mentor to a young Indian boy whose family own the rival restaurant.

Lasse Hallstrom, director of Chocolat, The Cider House Rules and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, is signed up to direct the film for Dreamworks, Deadline.com reported.

Mirren has been linked to the role of Madame Mallory, but Dreamworks said no casting has been officially set.

The screenplay has been adapted by Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake.

Filming is due to start in the autumn.

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