Screen Daily are reporting that Abbie Cornish has signed on to star in The Girl.

Set to be directed by David Riker (La Ciudad), Cornish will portray a young Texan mother in the immigration drama, a role that Emily Blunt was once attached to.

The Girl centers on a young Texan mother (Cornish) who starts smuggling immigrants across the border from Mexico. When things go wrong, she has to travel across Mexico with the titular eight year old orphan.

The Girl is currently in pre-production, with an aim to shop the film around to various film studios at the American Film Market in November.