Emily Mortimer boards Transsiberian

Whoops. Samantha Morton was all set to join the cast of The Machinist director Brad Anderson’s latest thriller, Transsiberian, when the ceiling collapsed at her home – right on her.

So now Morton is recovering and Anderson has had to track down another British actress with “Mort” as part of her name - Emily Mortimer.

She’ll be filling Morton’s place on board the film, which finds Woody Harrelson, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega and Sir Ben Of Kinglsey in a tale of two couples trying to enjoy a romantic train trip who become embroiled in murder and deception, with Russian police detective Kingsley on their trail.

Anderson found his new leading lady just in time – he’s now started shooting the film in Lithuania. He’s off to Beijing and Russia in the new year.