Carey Mulligan received an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her role as an idealistic schoolgirl in 2009′s “An Eduction” and has leveraged that newfound status in Hollywood to pile up an increasingly impressive body of work. Not slowing down for a bit, she has signed on to two more high profile gigs, Variety reports. Joining the recently cast Oscar Isaac, she has snagged the female lead in the Coen Brothers’ 1960s folk music drama “Inside Llewyn Davis”, and has entered negotiations for a lead role in Spike Jonze’s still untitled next feature.
There is no word on her role in each film, though in the former she might likely play a folk musician based on a real person, alongside Isaac’s titular character, based on real-life 60s folk musician Dave Van Ronk, nicknamed “Mayor of MacDougal Street”, whose circle of friends and fellow musicians included Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell. In the Jonze pic, she’ll join Joaquin Phoenix in a tale about world leaders having to work together on impending “cataclysmic events.”
Mulligan currently has two awards season films in play, opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s ultra-violent arthouse actioner “Drive” (also starring Isaac) and opposite Michael Fassbender in NC-17 sex addiction drama “Shame” from director Steve McQueen. She’s not partaking much in the way of campaigning for Supporting Actress for either film though, too busy playing Daisey Buchanan for Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, currently shooting in Australia. She plans to shoot “Llewyn” next February and then hop onto Jonze’s project by spring.