Emma won’t be the first English actress to be putting on a drawl for the film; Jack O’Connell, who will play Ethan, is also a Brit. And considering her versatility—the lady’s played everything from an Austen heroine to a Hogwarts professor to Nanny McPhee—we think she’ll be fantastic in this topsy-turvy role.
The addition of Academy Award-winning Emma rounds out a cast that’s equal parts acclaimed acting vets and obscure unknowns, with the also-Oscar-nominated Viola Davis already on board to play the no-nonsense Amma and newbie Alice Englert in the lead role of Lena. Who will be the next actor to join up and head South? Keep it here; we’ll be bringing you updates whenever we get ’em!