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).
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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 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 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.
ROONEY Mara is a fan of “natural beauty” and doesn’t wear much make-up in her everyday life.
The ‘Side Effects’ actress admits she thinks she would be “horrible” at applying cosmetics herself.
“For me, natural beauty is something I’ve always been drawn to. I still don’t really wear make-up in my everyday life and I would be horrible at even trying to do it to myself!” she said.
With her fondness for looking natural, it’s no surprise Rooney doesn’t have many go-to beauty products, and instead believes her radiant skin is a reflection on her diet.
Quizzed about her skincare product of choice, the fuss-free star said: “This is going to sound so simple, but sunscreen! I always wear sunscreen. I also find that what you eat is the best beauty secret; it sort of starts from the inside out.”
The 28-year-old beauty – who is the face of Calvin Klein’s new Downtown perfume – also reveals that the fashion house’s designs reflect her own simplistic style.
“The Calvin Klein collection is really quite similar to how I dress in my personal life. It’s very minimal and clean and comfortable, but very modern and chic at the same time,” she said.
Rooney recently filmed a glamorous campaign for the new perfume, which was shot by her ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ director David Fincher.
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Management 360 has signed Rooney Mara, who is coming into her own after breakout turns in The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mara continues to be repped by WME. She followed those films by starring with Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Side Effects and most recently in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which premiered at Sundance and will be released later this year.
There is still every hope she’ll reprise her role as goth heroine Lisbeth Salander, as Andrew Kevin Walker is working on a rewrite of that script for Sony. She got an Oscar nomination for her first turn in that role. Mara next stars in the Spike Jonze-directed Her, and she stars with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender in the new Terrence Malick film.