A couple weeks ago it was announced that Carey Mulligan was in negotiations to star in the action film Drive alongside Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston. At the time, the film was said to center on “a nameless Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a freelance getaway driver but ends up on the run with a contract on his head and an ex-con’s girlfriend.” I recently spoke to Mulligan about her part in the film and she elaborated more on her character and revealed that she’s not just playing “a girlfriend.”

Mulligan is a dynamo when it comes to drama. Her performance in An Education proved that, but she’s taking a step outside of her comfort zone with Drive. While out promoting her new film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps she spoke about doing more American movies and easing her way into the action genre. Here’s what she had to say about Drive

Carey Mulligan: It starts shooting at the end of the month. It’s also American, it’s set in Echo Park [Los Angeles] and it’s sort of an action-thriller kind of thing. I will run away from things happening to me. I’m not yet going to put on leather and shoot people, but I’m gunning for that.

She also spoke about the amazing cast that will be joining her and gave some specifics regarding her character.

Carey Mulligan: I’m doing that with Ryan Gosling. I’m excited. The rest of the cast is crazy, Albert Brooks is doing it. Oscar Isaacs is playing my husband.

Did you read that correctly? She’s not playing a girlfriend, she’s playing a wife! Oscar Isaacs performance was one of the few bright spots in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. He played the young, Prince John. As for the rest of the actors, Variety is reporting that “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks has also signed on for an unspecified role. The cast of Drive is really starting to shape up!

Are you excited to see Mulligan in an action-thriller? What role do you think Hendricks will play?