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  Nicole   July 01, 2016

THE DAILY MAIL – Gemma Arterton is gearing up for battle as the Maid Of Heaven (aka Joan Of Arc).

The actress will portray the virgin warrior in George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, which will be staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s Covent Garden.

Donmar artistic chief Josie Rourke will direct the play, which will run from December 9 until February 18.

Shaw takes the story of the peasant girl who has a series of visions from God, telling her to lead a French army to meet the English forces at Orleans, to its tragic conclusion.

Arterton, who recently completed a run as Nell Gwynn with Shakespeare’s Globe, said she felt honoured to be taking on a part she has been familiar with since her days as a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Shaw bestowed a share of his royalties to Rada, so there are always projects involving his work. ‘Saint Joan has got a lot of soul and it’s poetic,’ Gemma told me.

However, she admitted: ‘It wouldn’t have been something that I’d have imagined myself doing, to be honest with you. It’s not as though I’m the obvious choice.’

She met with Rourke and asked the director why on earth she had picked her for the Maid of Orleans. ‘I’m so not her; I guess because she’s religious and pure, and it’s not the type of thing I usually play. My characters have usually got a bit more sass.’

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