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Carey Mulligan To Star In Nicolas Winding Refn's Sex Thriller 'I Walk With The Dead'

by The Playlist
September 3, 2011 11:22 AM
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If you need an indication that the colorful A-list cast of Nicolas Winding Refn's hotly-tipped genre noir "Drive" got on with the Danish filmmaker like a house on fire, look no further than Refn's next few projects for proof. Shooting next, the Bangkok-set neo-Western "Only God Forgives" will also star lead "Drive" actor Ryan Gosling (alongside Kristin Scott Thomas), the "Half Nelson" actor is also developing a "Logan's Run" remake with Refn, and there's even been talk of a romantic comedy for the duo that would be written by "Drive" heavy Albert Brooks.

Add one more to the pile. At a ceremony on Saturday that took place at the Deauville Film Festival in France where Refn was accepting an award for Ryan Gosling, the director said he's found the lead to his gestating sex thriller, "I Walk With the Dead," the female lead of "Drive," Carey Mulligan.

Details of "I Walk With the Dead" are scarce. Refn first revealed the existence of the project in an interview with The Playlist in 2009 while doing the press rounds for his meditative Viking epic, "Valhalla Rising."

And apparently the film already has its financing from French investors. “I’ve always wanted to make a movie with lots of sex,” he told us at the time. “So I wrote this story called, ‘I Walk With the Dead’ and it takes place in Miami and it's just going to have a lot of sex in it. I have two films that are getting made with French investors and one is ‘Only God Forgives’ and one is ‘I Walk With the Dead.’ ”

During the same conversation, the filmmaker, who made a splash in the U.S. in 2008 with his stylish prison film "Bronson," revealed that he was also set with Channing Tatum to star alongside Harrison Ford in the Paul Schrader-penned project, “The Dying of the Light,” but the deals fell apart “over a weekend” a few months earlier.

At the time, Refn indicated to us that placing "Drive" at the head of his queue suddenly didn't change anything as funding was in place so he could make the two films whenever he saw fit. Now with the addition of Mulligan as his female lead in "I Walk With the Dead," we imagine he's beginning to take the first steps in making this picture a reality. More details as we get them. [THR]

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8 Comments

  • jingmei | September 5, 2011 3:04 AMReply

    @Mr Anonymous, for what you said maybe you should change into "alternative taste" for yourself. I pretty like Carey Mulligan, you ever watched Never Let Me Go or An Education or something? She's just hot and intelligent. I do think this site better to do some verify of the posts here. This Danish director is also awesome. This is just proved the duo are good partners since Drive.

  • Stephen S. | September 4, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    Mr. Anonymous you are insane! Carey Mulligan is incredibly beautiful. I'd LOVE to see her star in a sex thriller. Definitely will be looking forward to this!

  • Juke Early | September 4, 2011 7:36 AMReply

    Refn needs to "gestate" a better title --- is it about necrophilia? Non-native English speakers should hire somebody to help with word if a film maker wants to break in the US market. VALHALLA RISING was a film meant to never be watched all the way through --- it would likely cause anyone contemplating suicide to do it, about the 43 minute mark, if only to escape. People from snow & ice are gloomy. ABBA does not count.

  • ben | September 4, 2011 3:59 AMReply

    yeah maybe the next career move he should consider is growing a beard.

  • Mr Anonymous | September 4, 2011 1:47 AMReply

    No disrespect but the last person i expect to see headlining a 'sex thriller' is Carey Mulligan!

    She is the least sexiest person out there and don't particularly think she has the body for it. Especially for a film which supposedly has lots of sex. Not unless she eats some more and gains some curves cos right now she's extremely thin which isn't healthy or attractive.

  • The Playlist | September 4, 2011 1:31 AMReply

    Ah yes, i was just going off what THR said, but right, Evans is out. Removed his reference, thanks.

  • yaydoh | September 4, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    Jesus! The man has no chin!

  • redcup | September 3, 2011 12:36 PMReply

    1. Wasn't Gosling replacing Evans?

    2. You kept the misquote you had from earlier, i.e. " ‘Only God Forbids’. (4th paragraph)

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