INDIEWIRE – Rooney Mara is set to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley,” which (excitingly) makes the project a “Carol” reunion between Mara and co-star Cate Blanchett. Deadline first reported the news. Blanchett joined the cast at the beginning August. Bradley Cooper is leading “Nightmare Alley” as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, a con artist who falls in love with a female psychiatrist and has the tables turned on him. The movie is an adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, which spawned a 1947 film directed by Edmund Goulding and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
“Nightmare Alley” is set to be del Toro’s first directorial project since “The Shape of Water,” which won him the Oscar for Best Director. The science-fiction period romance also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Del Toro wrote the “Nightmare Alley” script with Kim Morgan and is developing the project with Fox Searchlight, the studio behind “Shape of Water” (a box office hit with $192 million worldwide) and Scott Cooper’s “Antlers” (for which del Toro serves as producer). The filmmaker is also developing his stop-motion passion project “Pinocchio” at Netflix, but Deadline reports “Nightmare Alley” will shoot first.
Rooney Mara graced the big screen earlier this year in the title role of Garth Davis’ “Mary Magdalene.” Other recent credits include Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” and David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story.” For “Carol,” Mara was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film also earned Blanchett a nomination for Best Actress.
Deadline reports Mara is set to play Molly in “Nightmare Alley.” The character is being described as “the closest thing to Stan’s true love. He meets her early on and they take the act they learned from the circus to Chicago.” Del Toro has promised fans that “Alley” will be R-rated and feature “a really dark story.” The Oscar-winning filmmaker said the new project will be “the first chance I have to do a real underbelly-of-society type of movie.”
Production on “Nightmare Alley” is expected to begin this fall. Fox Searchlight has not announced a release date.
Hello Rooney fans! It’s been so long since we’ve had any news on upcoming projects, so I have decided to use this time to work through what is missing in our gallery. First up is Rooney’s most recent performance as Annu in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. It’s a very small role, but anything that involves seeing her on the big screen is welcome right now. Enjoy!
I’ve finally been able to updated the gallery with Blu-ray screen captures of Rooney’s most recent leading role as the titular character in Mary Magdalene. While the film itself is beautifully shot, it didn’t captivate me as so many of Rooney’s movies have done. Her performance is fine–subtle and compelling, but she doesn’t really get to stretch herself as she did in projects like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Una, or Carol. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy browsing the screen captures!
Mary Magdalene is currently due for a theatrical release in the UK and Australia, and reviews have begun to emerge over the past few days. Naturally, not all of them are positive, but I have included a short round-up of some that have been released so far – notably for their comments on Rooney’s performance. You can view the full review by clicking the respective publication links.
ABC NEWS AUSTRALIA – Rooney Mara, with a presence that’s magnetic, though sometimes enigmatic to the point of impenetrable. Cast opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s wild-eyed, troubled Jesus, she’s a solemn character who watches silently and tries to penetrate the surface of things.
NME – Mara’s standout performance is filled with piercing looks and smouldering intensity. She runs rings around Phoenix, who plays the Son of God like a stoned Obi Wan Kenobi – lots of gazing wistfully at the sunset and mumbling incoherently.
LITTLE WHITE LIES – Rooney Mara in the title role manages to hold our attention even when the film focuses on the preacher, her performance outshining that of Joaquin Phoenix as the Son of God.
EMPIRE – We get to see how Mary might really have lived, hauling fish nets with her sisters on the shore of Galilee, and resisting her father and brother’s attempts to marry her off with such nonconformist vehemence they assume demons have infested her soul. Portrayed with poise and resilience by Rooney Mara, she’s an initially compelling figure who appears in virtually every scene, whether enraptured by the sermons of Jesus (Phoenix), tending to the starving victims of Roman oppression, or defiantly tackling the jealousy of the other disciples, primarily the put-out Peter.
Although this wasn’t my first time watching Una, I’m still amazed by Rooney’s performance in this film. For me, it’s up there with Lisbeth Salander and Therese Belivet as one of her most complex, memorable and dynamic roles – and although critically acclaimed, unfortunately it didn’t draw attention from awards season. Over 700 screen captures from the Blu-ray release have been added to the gallery–please do take a look.
I’ve finally been able to update the gallery with some beautiful photos from Monday night as Rooney attended the Mary Magdalene screening in London, which was held at The National Gallery. My apologies for the delay adding them! Once again, thank you to the lovely Emily for the photos.
I’ve updated the gallery with Blu-ray quality screen captures of Rooney’s performance in The Secret Scripture, where she plays Roseanne ‘Rose’ Clear/McNulty, a young Irish woman who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital after being labelled a nymphomaniac and later accused of killing her baby. Although beautifully shot, I think this film will be quickly forgotten amongst her other work, but Rooney turns in yet another memorable performance (and her accent is very good). Enjoy!
DEADLINE – Amazon Studios is moving its Sundance Film Festival premiere Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot from May 11 to July 13.
Given the positive critical and audience reaction coming out of Park City for the Gus Van Sant-directed biopic, Amazon felt that a mid-summer launch was prime, much in the same way that they opened their 2017 Sundance pick-up The Big Sick last June under Lionsgate. That movie legged out to close to $43M at the domestic B.O. and notched an original screenplay Oscar nomination for husband and wife team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Don’t Worry will receive a limited release.
Don’t Worry 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 movie with Rooney Mara along with their biblical pic Mary Magdalene.
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.