Stranger Things star lands next movie role in erotic drama remake

Stranger Things' Jamie Campbell-Bower will star in a remake of French erotic drama Emmanuelle by director Audrey Diwan.

The film stars Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Tár) in the titular role, with two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and The White Lotus's Will Sharpe in supporting roles, Deadline reports.

Alongside Campbell-Bower, the cast also includes Money Heist's Chacha Huang and Infernal Affairs' Anthony Wong.

The film is inspired by the novel Emmanuelle by Emmanuelle Arsan, with the script penned by Diwan and Rebecca Zlotowski (Other People's Children). The book is set in Bangkok and follows the young wife of a French engineer, who embarks on several sexual adventures.

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Following critical acclaim for the 2021 Golden Lion-winning feature Happening (L'événement in French), Diwan is taking on the cult erotic film released in 1974, though her project is said to diverge from that adaptation.

Diwan, who previously confirmed the movie is set in a hotel where Emmanuelle works, said: "In my imagination this was a completely different journey. I wanted to be as free as possible. This film explores the movement from rigid order to freedom, and something cold to something warmer."

The movie, which has finalised distribution deals to be released in France, Japan and other markets, doesn't have a release date at present, but Deadline confirms that filming is already complete.

Meanwhile, Sharpe, who played Ethan Spiller on season 2 of The White Lotus, has been announced to join Girls creator Lena Dunham's upcoming Netflix streaming project.

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The romantic series, titled Too Much, is helmed by Dunham and her husband, musician Luis Felber. It centres on the romantic connection between an American workaholic (Meg Starter) moving to the UK and a British man named Felix (Sharpe).

"This is a show that is very close to my heart – created with my husband Luis, cast with my favourite actors, the geniuses that are Meg and Will, along with a bevy of friends – and partnering again with Working Title, who are behind the romantic comedies that formed me," Dunham said when announcing the show.

"Netflix has been so deeply supportive of the vision, which is to create a romantic comedy that makes us root for love, brings joy, but also has the jagged edges of life."

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