Rooney Mara to Star in Big-Screen Adaptation of Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'

9:00 AM PST 04/26/2012 by Stuart Kemp
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Creative team behind "An Education" re-unites to produce film based on a Nick Hornby-penned script.

LONDON -- Rooney Mara is attached to star in a big-screen adaptation of Colm Toibin's best-selling novel Brooklyn penned by British novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby.

Mara will play the lead in Toibin's story set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s about a young woman torn between her family in Ireland and the American who wins her heart.

The project is being put together by the team that brought audiences the Carey Mulligan-led An Education, with producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey formalizing their working relationship in Posey's Wildgaze Films.

Dwyer joins Posey's Wildgaze Films as a partner while novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby, who is also Posey's husband, will "take a hands off role" in the new look set-up.

The $25 million adaptation of Brooklyn is set to shoot in the two locations the project is set in the Spring of 2013, Posey told THR.

Dwyer said the movie would roll then to ensure Mara's participation.

Wildgaze partners Dwyer and Posey are also gearing up the movie production of A Long Way Down, based on Hornby's own best-selling novel of the same name.

It will mark the first production out of the gate for the new look Wildgaze and will be directed by French filmmaker Pascal Chaumeilwho makes his English-language debut with the project later this year.

It has Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Emile Hirschcast with Dwyer and Posey working to finalize the fourth ensemble for the tale of a quartet of people who meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another through their suicidal moments.

The pair are also developing via Wildgaze a movie based on British journalist Jon Ronson's best-seller The Psychopath Test, a humorous and sometimes dark book about the business of madness.

Ronson's book The Men Who Stare At Goatswas made into a movie starring EwanMcGregor, George Clooneyand Jeff Brigdes among others.

Mara is currently in demand having starred in David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo alongside Daniel Craig and she also has turns in Lawless, directed by Terrence Malick and co-starring Cate BlanchettChristian BaleRyan Gosling and NataliePortman as well as Steven Soderberg's The Bitter Pill.

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