Celebrated American playwright Arthur Miller and Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai are collaborating on an adaptation of Miller's story, Homely Girl.

Along with co-writing the script, Miller is to appear in the picture, titled Plain Jane, alongside Samantha Morton, Danny Huston and Thomas Jane. Originally set in New York, Gitai and Miller have moved the drama to Israel in the thirties.

The story follows the daughter of a Jewish immigrant who tries to resolve her marriage problems and her relations with her father, played by Miller. Laurent Truchot is producing, with backers including France's TF 1.

Gitai's previous two pictures - Kadosh and Kippur - have both secured Cannes slots. Plain Jane is expected to mark his first clear departure from the purely political themes of his past films.