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Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ ‘An Uncivil War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Carey Mulligan has been cast to play Gloria Steinem in FilmNation’s “An Uncivil War,” directed by Dee Rees.

Production will begin in March 2018. This marks the second Steinem-focused project in the works as of late, with Julianne Moore recently attaching herself to “My Life on the Road.” Julie Taymor is directing that pic, but sources say that script is still being written, while “An Uncivil War” is a greenlit film.

FilmNation Entertainment said Tuesday that casting on the film is underway with the goal of shooting in the first quarter of 2018.

The movie will focus on efforts by feminist activist and journalist Steinem, lawyer and activist Florynce Kennedy, and others to ratify the ERA, while conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly advocates against it. The ERA was written to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex, and although it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification, it fell short of enactment after receiving 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications.

Rees has adapted David Kukoff’s script. FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing “An Uncivil War” and is producing the film alongside Peter Heller. FilmNation VP of development Ashley Fox will oversee on behalf of the company.

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The project reteams Mulligan with Rees, who recently worked together on the critically acclaimed film “Mudbound,” which is scheduled for release on Nov. 17.

Mulligan is represented by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates. Along with “Mudbound,” she will next be seen in “Wildlife” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Paul Dano. She also stars in David Hare’s limited series “Collateral,” which will air on BBC next year.

Endeavor Content will be representing U.S. sales.

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