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Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant’s Cartoonist Biopic

The film would reunite Rooney and Phoenix, who have previously worked together on "Her" and "Mary Magdalene."

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Rooney Mara has previously worked with Joaquin Phoenix on “Her” and the upcoming film “Mary Magdalene,” but it looks like she might reunite with the actor for Gus Van Sant’s upcoming drama “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” According to Variety, Mara and Jonah Hill are in negotiations to co-star alongside Phoenix in the biopic about cartoonist John Callahan.

Based on the artist’s 1989 autobiography of the same name, the film will tell story of how, at the age of 21, Callahan became paralyzed following a car accident and used drawing as a form of therapy. His work raised eyebrows for its depiction of taboo topics, which lead to controversy in his hometown of Portland. Before his death in 2010, his art was published in Playboy, the New Yorker and Penthouse. No details on Hill and Mara’s roles were revealed.

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A film adaptation of the book has been in the works since its release, with Robin Williams once circling the lead role. Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, with Steve Golin producing for Anonymous Content.

Recently nominated for a “Golden Globe” for his performance in “War Dogs,” Hill will next be seen in “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” with Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as star in Cary Fukunaga’s “Maniac” with Emma Stone. Mara was just seen in the critically acclaimed feature “Lion” and will next star in David Lowery’ “A Ghost Story,” Terrence Malick’s “Weightless” and “Annette,” among others.

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