Blue Jasmine star Sally Hawkins has been cast as artist Maud Lewis in a new biopic. The Oscar-nominated actress will lead the cast of director Aisling Walsh's new film Maudie, which chronicles the Canadian painter's life and battle with rheumatoid arthritis. Hawkins tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is a wonderful opportunity to play such an extraordinary and inspiring artist. It is a beautiful script." Filming is set to begin in Lewis' native Newfoundland in August (14).