Uma Thurman soon will be making time with Rob Pattinson.

The actress has signed to star opposite the Twilight star in an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story Bel Ami. Kristin Scott Thomas also has joined the cast.

Ami tells of George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city's most glamorous and influential women. Thurman plays the wife of Duroy's friend, a woman well connected in Parisian society. She helps Duroy in his ascent, later becoming his wife.

Thomas plays a socialite who falls for Duroy.

London theater director Declan Donnellan is making his film debut with Ami, which Uberto Pasolini is producing through his Redwave Films. The movie is scheduled to shoot next year in Paris.

It had been erroneously reported that Nicole Kidman would star with Pattinson. Kidman had an offer, but a deal never followed.