Scarlett Johansson lined up for period drama
The adaptation of Phillipa Gregory's popular historical novel has also attracted the interest of a number of major A-list actors.
Natalie Portman will play Anne Boleyn, who eventually steals the affections of Henry VIII, played by Eric Bana, away from her sister.
The film looks likely to be a hit as it is to be directed by Justin Chadwick, whose previous work includes the Emmy-nominated adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House. Also working his magic is screenwriter Peter Morgan, who wrote the critically-acclaimed two-part series about the English king which starred Ray Winstone.
Those eager to see the no doubt bodice-ripping drama will not have to wait long; filming begins this autumn and it is to be released in 2007.
Johansson is set to light up the big screen in the coming months. She will next be in cinemas starring in Woody Allen's film Scoop and had just finished filming The Nanny Diaries.
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