Carey Mulligan — the radiant It girl of Hollywood after her Oscar nominated turn in An Education and her upcoming roles in two of this possible year’s Oscar contenders, Wall Street 2 and Never Let Me Go — is all but on board Screen Gems’ Cradle Will Fall, so we’re told by The Hollywood Cog.
The film, which is a priority for the studio, is being fast-tracked and is currently in the casting stage, though Mulligan’s participation is contingent upon a script polish of a Jack Olsen script (formerly titled Within).
The film itself, which is about a baby’s surrogate who becomes obsessed with wanting the baby and the husband for herself — smacks of The Hand that Rocked the Cradle, but one would imagine there’s more to it if Mulligan is interested. There’s no director attached as of yet, but Screen Gems is clearly searching for someone with decent pedigree — Mark Pellington, and Gary Fleder (among others) have been discussed as potential directors, while the laundry list of potential parents have included high-profile actresses like Kate Winslett and Cate Blanchett, as well as Adrien Brody. But according to our source, Mulligan is the linchpin for the film, and once she signs on, the other pieces should begin to fall in place. However, if she doesn’t sign on, Cradle Will Fall might slip into direct-to-DVD fare based on some of the second and third choices, which include Julie Bowen, Billy Zane, Peter Facinelli, and Liv Tyler.
Further development of Cradle Will Fall will also likely depend on Mulligan’s schedule, although it’s light on confirmed parts (On Chesil Beach is in pre-production, while she’s no longer on the short list for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and she’s still only attached to My Fair Lady).