Courtesy of the films Australian distributor, I’ve uploaded some beautiful new stills of Rooney as the title character in Mary Magdalene. Be sure to take a look.
Well, this one hurts a little bit. As much as I love and adore Natalie’s work, I really was looking forward to seeing Rooney take on this role–one that would have been so different and new for her. Here’s to hoping other great projects are on the horizon.
VARIETY – Oscar winner Natalie Portman will officially join Jude Law in “Vox Lux,” Variety has learned. In addition, Bold Films, which is backing the project and helped develop the film, has joined forces with Andrew Lauren Productions to finance and produce the picture. “Vox Lux” is written and directed by Brady Corbet, an accomplished actors whose credits include “Mysterious Skin” and “Funny Games. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with “The Childhood of a Leader,” a kind of portrait of a fascist as a very young man that won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.
Rooney Mara had originally been attached to the film and when she dropped out Portman was circling the project. However, her involvement had been in question after producer Bold Films delayed shooting on the project as part of a company-wide restructuring that resulted in staff layoffs. Bold had been bruised by the box office failure of the Jake Gyllenhaal film “Stronger.” Its prospects are brighter now, because it scored a domestic deal for “Colette,” a historical drama with Keira Knightley, that premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. “Colette” will be released by Bleecker Street and 30West.
According to the log line: “Vox Lux” follows the rise of ‘Celeste’ from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. The film spans 15 years and traces important cultural moments through the singer’s eye, starting in 1999 and ending in the present day. Principal photography will begin on ebruary 1st in New York City.
The soundtrack will feature all original songs written by Grammy-nominated artist Sia. ALP’s Andrew Lauren and D.J. Gugenheim will be producing along with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak and Svetlana Metkina and Brian Young from Three Six Zero Entertainment. Portman and Law will executive produce along with Sia. Sierra/Affinity is representing the international rights and will be selling the project in Berlin. Endeavor Content and CAA will represent the US rights.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a stellar actress as Natalie Portman to the cast,” said Bold Films Chairman Michel Litvak.
“I was mesmerized by the scope and vision of Brady’s first film, ‘Childhood of a Leader,’ said ALP principal Andrew Lauren. “I don’t think Brady is of this century. His work is more reminiscent of a Sergei Eisenstein or Fritz Lang. When you sit with him, his encyclopedic knowledge of film is intimidating and his passion is infectious,”
“Andrew Lauren and ALP are an outstanding strategic partner, and we are excited to work with them,” said Bold Films CEO Gary Michael Walters.
Portman will next star in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” a twisty sci-fi thriller which Paramount Pictures is releasing next month. She will also be seen in Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” Portman’s credits include “Black Swan,” “Thor,” and “Closer.”
ALP is currently in post-production on “High Life,” the English-language debut of French filmmaker Claire Denis. It stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and André Benjamin.
Portman is represented by CAA and George Sheanshang. ALP is represented by attorney David Boyle.
Ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday (Jan 19), the first official trailer and poster for Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot have been released – giving us just a small glimpse at Rooney’s character, Annu. I’ve also added captures from the trailer and the film’s official poster to the gallery.
Christmas is here, which means there’s really no better time to revisit Rooney’s incredible performance in Carol. Not only this is my favorite role of Rooney’s – it’s also a movie I can revisit again and again, there’s just so much I take away from each viewing. If you love it half as much as I do, then you’ll really enjoy this update as well. I’ve updated the gallery with Blu-ray screen captures of the film itself, the bonus features and also a whole bunch of hi-resolution posters, stills and behind the scenes photos. Enjoy!
After many months of stalling, delaying, then working, then delaying… well, you get the picture–but thankfully I am glad to say that Rooney Mara Archives is finally open. This site has been a quiet passion project of mine since last Christmas, and since late March I have been working behind the scenes to try and get things prepared and ready. That’s not to say I’ve put nine months of work into this site–quite the opposite, but that is how long it had been sitting with a “coming soon” page that was meant to represent exactly that. But, as many fansite owners can agree, sometimes it’s not always that easy, and more often than not real life occurs.
These past few weeks, I figured enough was enough and it was long overdue that I finally put things into motion and got working on the site again. As of right now, the site is still developing, especially in terms of content. My aim is to make the site as resourceful and detailed as possible–just as the site name suggests, an online archive for Rooney’s projects, photos, interviews and beyond. I have a long, long way to go with achieving that, but this is a start I am content with. Our gallery features over 22,000 photos, many of which are courtesy of the sites two previous owners, Claudia and Stef – both have helped me so much in the gallery portion of the site. Thank you ladies! I have also started to put together a press archive, featuring various print and online interviews with Rooney from throughout her career.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to my host, Hayley for her patience while this site was in creation. And for the lovely header, thank you to Carol of Sin21–complemented beautifully by the customized coding courtesy of Kaleidoscope3 Designs. I hope you’ll enjoy what the site has to offer so far–many updates are on the way in coming weeks and months, so please continue to stop by, check back, bookmark and help us to grow 🙂
DEADLINE – Amazon Studios will release Gus Van Sant’s biopic drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot on May 11.
The pic is based on the memoir by John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Jonah Hill and Jack Black also star. It’s one of two Amazon movies the three-time Oscar nominee has next year in addition to the April crime noir You Were Never Really Here. It’s also Phoenix’s second in the spring with Rooney Mara, their biblical pic Mary Magdalene is scheduled to open on March 30.
Van Sant adapted, has screenplay credit and, separately, story credits with Jack Gibson & William Andrew Eatman. Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte are producing.
May 11 is Mother’s Day weekend. The only other wide releases on that day are Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party from Warner Bros/New Line and Annapurna’s Richard Linklater dramedy Where’d You Go, Bernadette starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer.