Jesse Eisenberg and now-grown child actress Dakota Fanning are in talks to star in director Kelly Reichardt‘s upcoming movie, Night Moves, a thriller about eco-terrorists who plan to blow up a dam. Peter Sarsgaard is also on-board for the film, which was also written by Reichardt. Read on for more.

Reichardt has already made a bit of a name for herself in recently years with indie films Old Joy, Wendy & Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, but still not everyone’s heard of her work – expect that to change in the next year or so, as the director starts to tackle hot-button issues such as the ones addressed in Night Moves. And with two big names now on-board, the film’s already getting Reichardt some attention.

According to Variety, Reichardt wrote the script about the three terrorists, with Eisenberg (The Social Network) potentially playing the ringleader, Fanning as a wealthy girl who funds the project, and Sarsgaard as the mastermind behind making the bomb.

The famous young stars weren’t the first choice for the roles, however; Eisenberg is replacing There Will Be Blood star Paul Dano, who was previously attached to the project, and Fanning will take the part previously offered to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara.

Reichardt may be working with bigger names on-screen, but her collaborators behind the scenes are remaining largely the same, including Far From Heaven filmmaker Todd Haynes as executive producer.

If you’re one of the people who haven’t yet familiarised yourself with Reichardt’s distinctive work, you can check out both Meek’s Cutoff and Old Joy on Netflix Instant. CinemaBlend has already speculated that Night Moves could upend the traditions of a thriller the same way Meek’s Cutoff completely turned around the Western genre.

Reichardt manages to tell stories in unusual yet deeply-affecting ways, so it should be interesting to see how she uses that method to bring Night Moves to life.

Will you be watching Night Moves