Lily James is in talks to star alongside Carey Mulligan in Netflix’s Dig.
The period drama, which is set at the turn of the Second World War, is based on the true story of a widow who has a hunch that her land contains buried riches – a hunch that turns out to be correct.
The project first started out at BBC Films, reports THR with Nicole Kidman attached in the lead role. Now, it has migrated to Netflix where it is being set up with Carey Mulligan to star as Edith Pretty. She will co-star with Ralph Fiennes as Basil BRown, a local archaeologist who works with her – until museum curators push him out.
Lily James (pictured above in the BBC’s War & Peace) is now in talks to board the project, specifically to play Peggy Preston, an archaeological student. While working on the dig, she becomes disillusioned with the domineering men, but forms a friendship with both Pretty and Brown.
James, like Mudbound star Carey Mulligan, is no stranger to Netflix, having most recently worked on the streaming giant’s adaptation of Rebecca, alongside Armie Hammer and directed by Ben Wheatley.
Dig is directed by Simon Stone (The Daughter) and is produced by Gabrielle Tana (Philomena, The Invisible Woman) producing. Production is expected to begin in 2020.
Photo: BBC – Photographer: Mitch Jenkins