Seriously, Everyone Wants to Cast Rooney Mara

Yesterday, we wrote about Rooney Mara closing a deal to join the latest Spike Jonze project. Today, word is circulating that the actress is also set to star in Brooklyn, a drama based on the book by Colm Toibin. Pascal Chaumeil is directing the movie, which will likely shoot in the spring of 2013.

Nick Hornby is writing the script. It’s the perfect material for Hornby, the author of A Long Way Down, About a Boy, and my personal favorite, High Fidelity.

The story, set in the 1950s, follows a young Irish woman who immigrates to New York and falls in love with an Italian plumber, until a letter from back home changes everything.

Mara’s not exactly the go-to for Irish typecasting, but she’s talented enough and dark enough to bring this story to life. And she’s really blowing up. In addition to this and the Jonze project, she’s in Steven Soderbergh’s The Bitter Pill, Terence Malick’s Lawless, and of course, in the Millennium trilogy as Lisbeth Salander.

What do you think of Mara? Is she A-list material?

– Cindy Kaplan


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