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.