Rooney Mara in Negotiations to Star in David Fincher’s HBO Series ‘Utopia’ (Exclusive)

The Oscar-nominated actress will re-team with the director following “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

After successful collaborations with David Fincher on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network,” Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara is in advanced negotiations to star in the director’s upcoming HBO series “Utopia,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Fincher will direct every episode of the first season of the one-hour drama, which has been written by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. “Utopia” is based on the hit British series that Dennis Kelly created and Kudos produced for Channel 4. Endemol Shine North America’s scripted division, Endemol Shine Studios, will produce the series with HBO.

Mara is nearing a deal to play Jessica Hyde on “Utopia,” which follows a group of die-hard fans of an iconic, underground novel who find themselves in their own pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel. Those who seek it out are thrust into a twisted game in which nothing is as it seems, including the true meaning of the book. [Read more…]

Hugh Jackman & Rooney Mara To Star In ‘Collateral Beauty’, Next Pic From ‘Me And Earl’ Director

PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to Collateral Beauty, a script written by Allan Loeb. With it they have a beauty of a cast and director, too: Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara will star and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will make this his follow-up directing effort to the Sundance favorite. Principal photography is set to begin in the fall with PalmStar financing in conjunction with its partner Merced Capital.

The plot centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.

Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing with Loeb. PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes will executive produce with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Steven Pearl. The two companies have already collaborated on pics including American Ultra, Sing Street and The Whole Truth among others.

Source: Deadline

Rooney Mara to Star in Musical Movie Ziggy

Australian writer-director Diesel Shwarze, a Baz Luhrmann protegé, is developing an original musical feature film called Ziggy. The plot revolves around a hunchback escape artist who moves to New York in the 1920s and falls in love with the fiancée of a media mogul.

Shwarze worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge and is teaming up with music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid to develop the music. Kid has worked with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Dr. Dre.

Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is attached to the picture, as is Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

Source: Time

Rooney Mara Signs On For Jim Sheridan’s ‘Secret Scripture’

After wrapping Joe Wright’s Pan picture in London, Rooney Mara will head for the Jim Sheridan-helmed The Secret Scripture. The drama, about a 100-year-old woman named Roseanne who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir, is gearing up for a September shoot in Ireland.

Jessica Chastain was previously attached to star alongside Vanessa Redgrave, but now Mara will play the younger Roseanne, who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest.

Pic reunites Sheridan with his My Left Foot producer Noel Pearson and is adapted by Johnny Ferguson from Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel of the same name. Rooney is also currently developing A House In The Sky with Annapurna Pictures, which she’ll star in and produce. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.

Source: Deadline

Bedford’s Rooney Mara will produce new film about kidnapped journalist Amanda Lindhout

Rooney Mara, 29, isn’t content with just being an Oscar-nominated actress. The Bedford native, 29, is adding producer to her resume.

Rooney is working with Annapurna Pictures to produce the drama “A House in the Sky.” The film will tell the true story of journalist Amanda Lindhout, who was abducted by a rebel terrorist group in Mogadishu, Somalia and held captive along with photographer Nigel Brennan for 15 months in 2008.

The actress, who recently wrapped on the film “Carol,” might also step into the lead role of the kidnap victim, who was abused and kept in chains throughout her captivity.

Rooney is also set to play Tiger Lily in the upcoming Warner Bros. film “Pan.”

Source: Lohud

Rooney Mara Wants A Goat For Christmas In Oxfam Ad

While Rooney Mara is no stranger to shilling product this holiday season she’s using her name to do some good.

The actress has shot a perfume-esque commercial for Oxfam entitled “The Wanted,” in which she desires a goat. Okay, more specifically, she hopes you will do the right thing and give a goat to a community in need, as they provide both fertilizer and food to people in need in rural areas. You can watch her pitch below.

Rooney Mara Prefers Living In Downtown!

Rooney Mara has revealed to E! News she prefer to live downtown that she is not a fan of uptown. She also talks about how she managed pressure in Hollywood and upcoming projects.

Rooney Prefers Downtown

“I always prefer to live downtown,” she told E! News. “I feel like downtown more just stands for where the artists are. When I’m living in New York, I try never to go uptown… above 24th street.”

Ready for Hollywood Pressure

“You come out here to be judged,” Rooney confessed. “That’s sort of what it is. But you just have to try not to think about it. “I always want to feel like myself. I always want to feel comfortable. You know, if people don’t like it then that’s OK.”

On her other movie roles she is taking

“Well, I did four movies in a row. I did Side Effects. Then I did Spike’s movie [Her]. Then I did Terrence Malick’s movie [still untitled]. Then I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m never working again,’” she said to CinemaBlend. “And that’s a long, hat was a long time to take off for me. Now, I’m working in September, but I only just now feel ready to work.”

 

Rooney Mara Joins Todd Haynes Directed Film ‘Carol’

Good news, Rooney Mara has landed a role in Todd Haynes directed new film, Carol. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the film but was dropped recently. The film evolves around two women from different backgrounds strike up a relationship in 1950s New York. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s book “The Price of Salt.”

Todd Haynes on Rooney Joining ‘Carol’

“We’re over the moon to have Rooney on board,” said Haynes. “I’ve been a tremendous admirer of her work from the beginning, so the thought of bringing her together with Cate on-screen is thrilling to say the least.”

Added Karlsen: “Rooney Mara is one of the most interesting and striking young talents working today. There are few actors who have the weight to play against someone with the extraordinary distinction and mercurial range of Cate Blanchett, and she is one of them. The combination of them both is something potentially sensational.”

Rooney Mara Eager To Get 2nd Installment of ‘The Girl With Dragon Tattoo’ Started!

Rooney has recently spoke to MTV on how excited she is to play Lisbeth Salander in the second installment of ‘The Girl With Dragon Tattoo. she reveals to MTV that she is not getting any younger as the second installment involves many angle of physical than the first film and couldn’t wait to get it started.

”I hope that they make the second one. I’m just not sure when they’re going to. I mean, I hope they make it soon because I’m not getting any younger. The second one is very physical, so hopefully they’ll be making it sooner rather than later.”

Rooney Mara On Playing As A Mum in ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saint’

Rooney spoke during an interview at the W Union Square Hote on playing as a mom role in ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saint’ is really different from anything she has read and a life changing experience.

“You know I really wanted to play a mom,” said Mara, 28, “but so many times I read these scripts where it’s just like ‘the mom,’ the protective mom.”

“When Ruth finds out she’s gonna have a baby, she’s not 
particularly excited by it. It’s not like she found out she was having a baby and was all of a sudden like, ‘Yes! I am a mother now. I am gonna make smart, responsible decisions.’

“No, that’s not how life happens. You can be a parent and love your child more than anything and still make bad decisions — and you think you’re making the right decisions.

“She doesn’t feel ready and she really doesn’t want to have 
a baby,” she continued.

“Until she sees the baby for the first time and then — she’s in.