Kim Basinger is heading to the Riviera to shoot A Good Woman, based on Oscar Wilde's celebrated play Lady Windermere's Fan, for worldwide sales agent Beyond Films.

Director Mike Barker is to start shooting the scandalous drama in August with a cast including Joseph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson. Basinger will star in the film, which is set in 1930s New York and the French Riviera - although the producers are weighing up whether to shoot on the French or Italian Riviera.

The central character is an audacious woman 'of a certain age' who becomes embroiled in a family scandal, leaves her problems and unpaid bills in New York and sets sail for the French Riviera. Alan Greenspan, Jonathan English, Steve Seibert and Howard Himelstein, who also wrote the script, are producing.

"The film is a wonderful, enchanting drama and it's not surprising that I have already received informal enquiries from major theatrical buyers," said Hilary Davis, Beyond Films' head of sales and acquisitions.

Beyond has three titles screening at Cannes including the world premiere of black comedy Horseplay On Saturday, along with Conspiracy Of Silence and Take Away.