EXCLUSIVE: Rising Scottish actress Karen Gillan is in talks to come on board producer Faye Ward’s Country Music as a young singer from Glasgow who dreams of making it to Nashville. Nicole Taylor (The C Word) has written the script with Dominic Cooke (Hollow Point), making his feature directorial debut with the project. The BFI, Creative Scotland and Film4 are financing.

Ward is producing through her ambitious upstart banner Fable Pictures with Eugenio Perez co-producing. It’s the latest project for the well-liked Ward to feature strong central female roles. Suffragette, which she produced with Alison Owen, just opened the BFI London Film Festival to strong critical notices with co-stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter all in attendance for a red carpet that made headlines after a group of latter-day female activists stormed the red carpet. The film helped spark off a debate about the ongoing fight for gender equality both in the film business and society as a whole. Ward is also one of the producers on Left Bank’s The Crown for Netflix. That event TV series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with Claire Foy in the lead role.

Gillan is making waves of her own. After a popular spell on fanboy fave Doctor Who, the 27-year-old has emerged as an increasingly impressive and diverse actress with performances in the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy and the upcoming The Big Short, opposite Brad Pitt and Christian Bale, and The Circle opposite Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. She is also set to reprise her role as Nebula in next Guardians film.

Gillan is repped by Troika in the UK and UTA in the U.S.