Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in Susanne Bier's new drama "The Dig".
Adapted from John Preston's novel, the story deals with one of Britain's most famous archaeological finds - the Sutton Hoo burial grounds.
The film explores the characters behind the excavation in 1938 and 1939 which uncovered sixth and seventh century riches included a 27-metre ship just as the second World War was getting under way.
Blanchett would play amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty, one of the driving forces behind the excavation who was also coming to terms with the recent death of her husband at the time.
Moira Buffini ("Tamara Drewe," "Byzantium") penned the script and filming aims to begin later this year.