Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks have joined the cast of Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” which has begun filming in New Orleans, LA. They join Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige in a big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novelof the same name, which is set in 1946, in the wake of World War II, where the fates of two very different families collide while struggling to make their dreams come true in the Mississippi Delta. When two celebrated soldiers return home, their unlikely friendship complicates the already fraught relationship between the families. As secrets surface and tensions flare, “Mudbound” tells a sweeping story of love, loss and triumph.

Rob Morgan

The film is co-financed by MACRO and Zeal Media.

Zeal Media’s Cassian Elwes, Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros; MACRO’s Founder & CEO Charles D. King and President of Production Kim Roth will produce along with Sally Jo Effenson and Carl Effenson.

MACRO’s Senior Vice President of Production Poppy Hanks, Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Daniel Steinman; Kyle Tekiela and Jennifer Roth will executive produce.

International Sales are being handled by Good Universe.

“Mudbound” is scheduled for release in 2017.

You can follow the film’s progress via @MudboundMovie on Twitter and MudboundMovie on Instagram.

Certainly an intriguing next project for Dee Rees, who’s last work was HBO’s Bessie Smith telepic starring Queen Latifah – itself also a period piece, set in the early half of the 20th century.