Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close are rumoured to be starring in period drama Therese Raquin.
The actresses, who are tipped to be frontrunners in the best actress category at the 2012 Oscars, are said to be leading the big-screen adaptation of Emile Zola's 19th century novel and play, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Described as a "dark, erotic thriller", the film, which is set in Paris in 1867, follows young Therese (Elizabeth), who is forced by her aunt, Madame Raquin (Glenn), into a loveless marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin.
Therese soon becomes obsessed with her husband's friend Laurent and is pulled into a devastating affair with him that unravels all of their lives. The role of Laurent has yet to be cast.
Glenn, who is winning acclaim for her gender-bending turn as Albert Nobbs, has been attached to the project for years.
The period piece will mark the directorial debut of Charlie Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation.