Nick Hornby and “An Education” filmmakers set Rooney Mara for “Brooklyn”

April 26, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 734 Views

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Rooney Mara and Carey Mulligan certainly are treading a lot of similar territory these days. Just yesterday Mara replaced Mulligan in Spike Jonze’s new untitled film, and now the filmmakers behind “An Education”, which shot Mulligan to stardom and her first Oscar nomination, want to do business with Mara too. Variety reports producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have attached Mara to star in “Brooklyn”, a 1950s set drama based on Colm Toibin’s novel.

Mara will star as Ellis Lacey, an Irish girl who reluctantly leaves her small village to take a job offer in New York City. There, she begins to adjust and enjoy her new freedom, falling in love along the way. When she’s called back to Ireland suddenly, she meets another man on home soil, and must choose between the two men and the two cities they represent. Filmmakers are talking to directors and have tentatively set a Spring 2013 production start date. Acclaimed novelist Nick Hornby, who also adapted “An Education” for the producers, will write the screenplay for “Brooklyn.”

It’s another impressive project for Mara, who has followed up her Oscar-nominated role in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” with the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s currently-filming “Bitter Pill”, a role in Terrence Malick’s “Lawless” and the Jonze film, which she will film right after “Bitter Pill” wraps. No word yet on whether sequels “The Girl who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” will go forward, but looks like she might be too busy anyway.


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Linda is currently a Film Reporter at TheWrap. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter @lindazge.