We are all very intrigued by Todd Haynes' "Carol", to say the least. Not only does it star the always incredible Cate Blanchett, but the subject matter is very interesting and raw. Until now, Mia Wasikowska has been locked in to play the other female lead. Due to reasons that aren't being specified, Wasikowska is out and actress Rooney Mara has now been cast.
Mara has done an incredible job at distinguishing herself as an actress that isn't afraid to take risk and she is definitely multi-dimensional in her talent. With David Fincher's edgy remake "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and her latest "Side Effects", Mara has a captivating and intense on-screen presence. She already did a lesbian scene with Catherine Zeta-Jones in Steven Soderbergh's film, so it's certainly not unfamiliar territory for her.
On the casting change, Haynes stated, "We’re over the moon to have Rooney on board. I’ve been a tremendous admirer of her work from the beginning, so the thought of bringing her together with Cate onscreen is thrilling to say the least."
The film is based on the 1950's lesbian love story titled "The Price of Salt", which focuses on a wife (Blanchett) trapped in a loveless marriage, who enters a dangerous and intimate relationship with a young department store clerk (Mara). While times have definitely changed and loving whoever you want is much more accepted, it's incredible to think about the boldness of author Patricia Highsmith to publish something in that time.
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