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Rooney Mara Replaces Blake Lively As Lead In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

Rooney Mara Replaces Blake Lively As Lead In Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

In just over a year, Rooney Mara has gone from the virtually unknown star of the disastrous remake of “Nightmare On Elm Street” to an Oscar nominee. The missing link: her brief, head-turning appearance in David Fincher‘s “The Social Network,” a performance that helped win her the lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the director’s English-language take on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” But with a hectic schedule, and busy promotional commitments for that film, the actress has taken her time choosing her follow-up.

It’s not that she hasn’t had a wealth to choose from: she’s been linked to virtually every project with a part around her age group, including Mike Newell‘s “Great Expectations,” Warren Beatty‘s Howard Hughes film, Spike Lee‘s “Oldboy,” David O Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook” and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Osama Bin Laden project, but the only firm commitment she’s made to date is to star alongside Ryan Gosling in Terrence Malick‘s “Lawless,” but aside from some pre-production shooting last year, that won’t get before cameras properly until September, leaving the actress with a gap in her schedule. A gap that’s finally been filled.

Deadline report that Mara has signed on to the lead role in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Side Effects,” replacing the previously announced Blake Lively. As we reported last week, Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures had backed out of financing the film, unhappy with Lively’s casting, and we named Mara as one of the possibilites to replace her should other financiers prove equally unhappy, along with Michelle Williams, Emily Blunt and Imogen Poots.

In fact, we’re told that Steven Soderbergh has long been a fan of Mara: according to sources familiar with the process, back when Fincher was fighting Sony on his desire to cast Mara in ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ Soderbergh, a close friend of Fincher, was telling his pal that Mara was absolutely the one he should go for, so it’s no surprise she’s ended up working with the director.

She’ll play Emily Hawkins, a troubled young woman whose husband (to be played by Channing Tatum), is about to be released from prison, while Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones will both play psychiatrists charged with her care. The script comes from Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion“), while Open Road, fresh from the success of “The Grey” this past weekend, will distribute, with new financing likely to be locked down very shortly. Filming should get underway in New York in April, with a spring 2013 release to follow.

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I rather it go to Rooney Mara(who can act and now has an Oscar nomination to back her up) instead of Phony edge teen princess and Razzie nominee Kristen Stewart who has about as much range as a fire hydrant.Blake lively belongs on TV not the cinema.ROONEY IS BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED…END OF STORY.


Do you think Lively's publicist's eagerness backfired this time around? Since her folks love to release any information about her circling high profile roles… this time around… no bueno.


As much as I dislike Blake Lively the Actress, she has more personality than Mara. Mara is a good actress, so this makes sense and is probably more bankable at the moment but the girl needs SERIOUS attitude check. She's the most stoic and boring person in interviews. If she's looking to build a stable fan-base outside of the Dragon Tattoo franchise (and we all know franchise fan bases don't tend to follow the star around once they move outside of said franchise… take R Patz and Daniel Craig for example) she really needs to come across as more personable.


What an unethical, impolite, cynical behaviour! Nevertheless, this serves to prove that Lively is definitely NOT the protégée of any producer or director. I have a feeling this movie will tank anyway. Mara is too algid for the part.


After Blake Lively supported Soderbergh at one of the Haywire premieres, he probably felt obliged to keep her in the cast. "Damn, how do I tell her that Megan thinks she sucks", he likely thought one sleepless night.


in fincher we trust, says mara


Also I love how Blake Lively's hiring can cause a movie to lose financial backing, yet Channing Tatum keeps getting work. Blake Lively may not have a lot of talent, but neither does that personality vaccum Channing Tatum.


Kinda make sense in this way, totally.


Megan Ellison/Annapurna were really terrible in the way this all went way would they be back in the picture…if it was all about the casting of Blake Lively…they could have just dumped her a week ago for rooney and stayed with Annapurna..instead of trying to make the deal work elsewhere with Blake still in place…Her agents really blew this one…


Will this decision bring Annapurna Pictures back into the fold.


Thank god they hired an actual actress to replace PR fabrication.


The popcorn is ready. TEAM MEGAN ALL THE WAY!

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