Carey Mulligan in Negotiations to Star in Black Comedy Thriller 'Nancy and Danny' (Exclusive)

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The film project centers on a money-hungry woman who comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme in an attempt to land a high school crush.

Carey Mulligan is in negotiations to star in Nancy and Danny, a thriller being developed by Indian Paintbrush.

Set in a small town, the project concerns a money-hungry woman (Mulligan) whose big-city dreams failed. In order to land a high school crush, she uses a hapless man as a pawn in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes wrong.

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The project is said to be in the vein of To Die For, Gus Van Sant’s 1995 black comedy that featured a breakout performance by Nicole Kidman. Sources said Mulligan pursued the part.

Brad Inglesby wrote the script for Nancy, which is being produced by Alexandra Milchan of EMJAG Productions, Indian Paintbrush’ Steven Rales and Mark Roybal as well as Todd Field.

James Marsh, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed documentary Man on a Wire, is on board to direct. Brad Ingelsby wrote the script. 

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Mulligan, who last year co-starred in Drive and Shame, next will be seen in The Great Gatsby. The Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation just moved its release date from December to summer 2013.

The actress is repped by CAA, Julian Belfrage and Ziffren Brittenham.

Marsh is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group, while Ingelsby is repped by WME, Energy Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.