Natalie Portman has signed up to play Cathy Earnshaw in John Maybury's new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae's UK-based Ecosse Films is producing. HanWay Films is handling sales.

Bernstein said: 'I'm delighted that we have attracted an actress of Natalie Portman's calibre to Wuthering Heights, she will bring an intensity and depth to one of literature most acclaimed heroines.'

'Natalie Portman is without a doubt one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. Combined with visionary director John Maybury this promises to be a fresh, exciting version of a classic love story,' added Tim Haslam, CEO of HanWay.

Olivia Hetreed adapted the script.