Rachel McAdams to play folk artist

Canadian actress will portray Maud Lewis in upcoming flick.

Chad Dundasby Chad Dundas

The blonde bombshell who hails from London, Ontario, Rachel McAdams, will take on the role of Maud Lewis in a new film entitled "Maudie."

The biopic, which will be directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot, will look at the life of the Nova Scotia folk artist. Her infamous paintings have become beloved treasures by Canadians and the world over. Her one-room home is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which is located in Halifax, as is a large collection of her various works. Treasured by art lovers, a number of documentaries have been made about Lewis, and there is also the book "The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis" as well as the stage play "A Happy Heart: The Maud Lewis Story."

McAdams is known for her movie roles in such hits as "The Notebook" starring opposite Ryan Gosling, "Sherlock Hollmes: Game of Shadows," and "The Vow" with Channing Tatum, just to name a few. She also had a regular role on a number of seasons of TV's "Slings and Arrows." She has won a Gemini Award and a number of Teen Choice Awards, and she currently has four projects that were recently completed or are in production.

Her latest flick "Maudie" is scheduled to begin production in 2013 and will be filmed in her native Ontario.

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