Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant, currently together on the French screens in Francois Ozon's musical whodunit 8 Femmes, are to co-star in Nathalie Ribout, the next film by Anne Fontaine.

Currently at script stage, Nathalie Ribout will go before the cameras in 2003, produced by Les Films Alain Sarde, in which Vivendi Universal holds a controlling 49% stake, through StudioCanal.

Fanny Ardant, who has finished shooting Liria Begeja's Change Moi Ma Vie, will play next Maria Callas, in Franco Zeferelli's Callas Forever which is to start shooting in April 2002.