Rooney Mara Takes Lead In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

In her first lead role since her Oscar-nominated turn inThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara has just committed to starring in Side Effects, the Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller. Mara will replace Blake Lively in a film that also stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mara plays Emily Hawkins, a sexy but unsettled young woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety and depression surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. Her husband has been in prison for three years and after taking a new medicine she was prescribed, she unknowingly murders her husband and stands trial for murder.

Scott Z. Burns wrote the script, and Open Road will distribute in the U.S. It looked like Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would be financier, but I have been hearing that is a bit shaky. Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing. Shooting begins in April.

Since her breakout performance as Lisbeth Salander, Mara has been courted for several major roles, including the female lead in the Kathryn Bigelow film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. That film clashed with her promotional schedule on Dragon Tattoo. Mara is currently in Tokyo promoting the film. She is repped by WME and attorney Neil Meyer.

Source: Deadline

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo India Release Cancelled After Deemed ‘Unsuitable’

The much-awaited Daniel Craig starrer The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t be seeing an India release as the film’s director David Fincher has refused to cut some scenes as specified by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The scenes in question include two lovemaking scenes between the film’s principal female lead Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) ; a lesbian scene featuring Lisbeth and a woman she meets at a bar; a scene where Lisbeth is raped and tortured. In a follow-up scene, she tortures her tormentor as a video of her being assaulted plays in the background.

“Sony Pictures will not be releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India. The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the Board,” said a statement released by Mumbai-based Sony Pictures India which had earlier announced that the film was to open here on Feb. 10.

According to media reports here Saturday, a CBFC official was quoted stating that “the protocol usually is to blur out the scenes that have frontal nudity.” But a spokesperson from Sony Pictures was also quoted stating that the scenes were specifically asked to be cut and not blurred.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Rooney Mara: The Girl with the Strawberry Merkin

Recently, Metro had separate one on one interviews with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, stars of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Our full interview will run in Metro New York on December 21st. (Be sure to pick up an issue. They’re free, like the Internet!)

But we wanted to share this exchange early, especially for fans worried that the film is disloyal to the book. According to Mara, she and director David Fincher took every detail very, very seriously.

Metro: What’s the one part of Lisbeth that’s depicted in the movie that might get overlooked, a detail that you hope people catch?

Rooney Mara:I can’t think of a serious answer to that question, but I can think of a ridiculous answer to that question.

Ridiculous answers work, too.

Well, her merkin. There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that.

What sort of discussions are we talking about?

Well, you know, in the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit. [laughs]

Source: Metro