Not surprising due to her constantly busy schedule, but Olivia Wilde has apparently dropped the indie Civil War drama formerly known as “The Keeping Room”, and The Wrap reports Brit Marling will be taking her place. Original cast members Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie remain on board.
Written by Julia Hart and to be directed by Daniel Barber, the now untitled film will follow two sisters and one slave, during the dying days of the Civil War, who are forced to defend their home from a band of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army. Filming had been set to begin in March in North Carolina but it looks like that has been pushed back.
Marling, who has made a name for herself writing and starring in films such as “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice”, was last seen opposite Richard Gere in financial thriller “Arbitrage” and has also completed another writing/acting project, eco-terrorist thriller “The East” due out next month. She recently wrapped up shooting on young Lincoln biopic “The Green Blade Rises” as well as dark art world comedy “Posthumous” and is attached to literary adaptation “The Grace that Keeps This World.”