Léa Seydoux will play the title role in Emmanuelle, a new film based on the novel by Emmanuelle Arsan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Arsan’s novel, considered a classic of erotic literature, was officially published in 1967, although it was distributed secretly and anonymously several years earlier. The book follows a 19-year-old French woman who embarks on a sexual journey in Bangkok.
The novel was adapted into a movie in 1974. It became one of the best-known soft-core erotic films of the decade and remained a late-night staple of cable TV networks for years. The film was mostly derided by critics at the time, including A.H. Weiler of the New York Times, who called it “a fluffy consignment of romantic, slick, soft?core, sexual simulations that is largely uninspired and hardly a revelation to enthusiasts long exposed to the genre.”
Seydoux is known for her work in films including Inglourious Basterds, Midnight in Paris, and Farewell, My Queen. She won several acting awards for her performance in the 2013 movie Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
The new film adaptation of Emmanuelle will be directed by Audrey Diwan, who recently made a splash with Happening, her movie starring Anamaria Vartolomei and Luàna Bajrami. The film’s screenplay will be written by Diwan and Rebecca Zlotowski, whose previous movies include Belle Épine, Grand Central, and Planetarium.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.