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Carey Mulligan in Negotiations to Star in New Dee Rees Drama

Carey Mulligan in Negotiations to Star in New Dee Rees Drama

“Suffragette” star Carey Mulligan is in negotiations to take the lead in another period drama. The Oscar nominee is circling Dee Rees’s indie film “Mudbound,” set in post-World War II Mississippi.

Rees is rewriting the screenplay, which is based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. The multi-perspective tragedy has been compared to “As I Lay Dying.” 

Mulligan would play Laura McAllan, a college-educated woman who grew up in the city and struggles to adjust to rural life when her husband relocates their family to a farm. Two returning soldiers add more drama to Laura’s life  — her brother-in-law and the black son of sharecroppers who comes home to the Jim Crow South a celebrated war hero. 

Rees made her narrative feature directorial debut with “Pariah” in 2011. Last year she helmed HBO’s “Bessie,” a biopic of blues singer Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah. Rees won a DGA award for the TV movie. 

[via Variety and Shadow and Act

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