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.
Can you believe it? We have some new photos of Rooney from yesterday’s premiere of Joker at the 76th Venice Film Festival – looking strikingly beautiful in a white Givenchy dress. Enjoy the additions!
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 updated the gallery with some lovely photos of Rooney, alongside sister Kate at the Animal Equality Inspiring Global Action Gala on Saturday (Oct 27) – both dressed in pieces from Rooney’s Hiraeth fashion line, which is completely free of animal products. Enjoy the photos!
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!
Two beautiful photos from Rooney’s upcoming campaign for Givenchy’s L’interdit fragrance have been added to the gallery. The commercial itself surfaced online a couple of weeks back, but has since been removed – so we’ll have to wait patiently for its official release. I can’t wait to see more!
WWD – The story of how Rooney Mara added “fashion designer” to her résumé is not unlike that of many who spot a hole in the market and aim to fill it: she couldn’t find what she wanted to wear in stores, and, believing others might feel the same, set out to create it herself.
A longtime vegan, Mara was struggling to find clothing that was both animal-free and at a quality level above fast-fashion.
“I’ve always loved Stella [McCartney] and I’ve worn Stella for stuff, but other than Stella there really aren’t many,” Mara says over the phone from Los Angeles. “In the last few years there have been a few other places that have popped up like Susi Studio, who makes a lot of vegan shoes, and Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather. I know a lot of them because I don’t wear or buy leather anymore, so I had to search around. But it wasn’t really exactly what I was looking for, which was how this thing sprang about. I had a need and I felt like there was a sort of gap in the market.”
Born from that was Hiraeth, a line of vegan and ethically made clothing, footwear and accessories, priced between $160 and $1,500, that Mara founded with close friends Chrys Wong and Sara Schloat. Launched this past February, the line has expanded into Barneys this August, with plans for further growth on the horizon.
“I’ve known Sara since I was little; we grew up in the same town and went to school together and have always loved fashion together,” Mara says. “We had been talking about doing something like this for awhile.” She and Wong, a former wardrobe consultant for Barneys, met around seven years ago.
“That’s how this conversation started; if we’re searching for that wardrobe we might as well make that wardrobe, and maybe sharing that wardrobe for people,” Wong says.
With thanks to the wonderful Emily, I’ve updated our gallery with some great photos of Rooney from the Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot premiere held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday night. It’s great to see her again!