Everyone loves a great femme fatale, from Barbara Stanwyck's Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Idemnity to Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and now Carey Mulligan is getting the chance to join those esteemed ranks. The actress is now in talks to star in Nancy and Danny, a new dark comedy from director James Marsh.

THR, which reported the casting, says that Mulligan will star as a woman hungry for fame and fortune who failed in her big city dreams. Stuck living in a small town and desperate to get out, she devises a plan to get with her high school crush involving using a hapless man as a pawn and get-rich-quick scheme. But as is always the case with films like these, things don't exactly go as planned. Brad Inglesby, who scripted for the upcoming Scott Cooper film Out of the Furnace, wrote the screenplay.

Mulligan had an absolutely fantastic 2011, starring in two of the year's best of movies in Shame and Drive (and putting on two of the best performances of the year as well). Sadly, though, her 2012 calendar has been wiped completely clean. While she was scheduled to appear at Christmas in Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby - playing Daisy Buchanan - but earlier this week the movie was pushed back to fall 2013. No reason was given for the switch. With the move, however, it means that the next time we see her it will be in her first collaboration with the brilliant Coen brothers in Inside Llewyn Davis. That film will be in theaters on February 8, 2013.

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