Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Jason Mitchell are looking south. The four actors are in negotiations to star in Mudbound, a big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel about hardship and injustice in the Mississippi Delta in the aftermath of World War II.
Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) is directing the independent drama and rewriting the screenplay, from a draft by Virgil Williams. The story centers on a Memphis schoolteacher who reluctantly moves with her husband and children to a cotton farm in a small-minded town, as well as two soldiers returning home from war — one white, one black.
Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson, Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros, and Carl Effenson are producing Mudbound, which does not yet have a distributor.
Mulligan was recently seen in Suffragette and Far From the Madding Crowd, Clarke in Terminator Genisys and Everest, Hedlund in Pan and Mojave, and Mitchell in Straight Outta Compton.
The Wrap first reported their potential casting.