Sam Rockwell, Ciaran Hinds and more join Woman Walks Ahead

Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hinds

Having secured the thesping services of Jessica Chastain for period drama Women Walks Ahead, director Susanna White is adding to the cast. Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer and Bill Camp are all now aboard.

Locke's Steven Knight has written the script, which charts the story of Caroline Weldon, a woman from Brooklyn in the 19th century who moved to a Native American reservation in the Dakotas to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull fight to keep his people's land out of the grasp of the government. Despite vilification and mockery from the press, who labelled her "Sitting Bull's White Squaw", she kept up her campaign, writing constantly to the federal government and eventually living on the land for years with her son.

With the cameras rolling in New Mexico (and Chastain having been busy making notes on her script), the new cast members are hard at work, though Deadline's report doesn't give details of who they'll be playing. There's also no sign of a release date yet, but we'd expect distributors to snap this one up based on the talent involved alone.