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Audrey Tautou signs on to star in La Delicatesse

Audrey Tautou is staying within her comfort zone for whimsical romantic melodrama La Delicatesse.

The French actress has signed on for the film, and she'll star opposite Francois Damiens, who recently appeared in the cross-channel breakout Heartbreaker .

The film will be the first feature directed by David and Stephane Foenkinos (with the pair adapting the screenplay from the former's novel).

Damiens will play a Swedish man who falls for a co-worker (Tautou) still reeling from the death of her husband a few years earlier.

The film is set to shoot in Paris this March, with a release pencilled in for early 2012.

While it doesn't sound like a huge stretch for Tautou, she's never less than utterly charming on screen, and this sounds like the kind of delightfully fanciful fare that is done so well in France.