Rooney Mara replaces Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects

Rooney Mara

Last week, news broke that Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS was in danger of losing its funding because the financial backers didn’t feel comfortable with Blake Lively in the lead role.  Speculation immediately began that Soderbergh would look to recast the lead with a more bankable star.  Well, today the role was officially recast with current it girl Rooney Mara taking over duties from Blake Lively.  I’m not sure Mara is any more bankable than Lively, but the people with the money traditionally get what they want.  Don’t get me wrong; I’d take Mara over Lively any day, but I’m not sure she’s going to put any more rears in the theater seats than Lively.

Mara will play a woman trying to cope with the stress of her husband’s impending release from prison by taking prescription medication.  She joins a cast that already includes Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones.  The film should start filming this Spring.

Source: Deadline

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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