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Rooney Mara: Pop Star

by Murtada

Rooney Mara and Sia is the collaboration we didn't know we wanted, but which makes perfect sense. Mara's impenetrability meshes well with Sia’s desire to remain unknowable. Not that Mara is playing Sia..


The film in question is Vox Lux, which will track Rooney Mara as pop star rising to superstardom, starting in 1999 until the present day. Sia will contribute original music. It is the sophomore effort of actor turned director Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader). We hope that if he's influenced by just one of the many auteurs he's worked with (Michael Haneke, Lars Von Trier, Gregg Araki, etcetera), that it's Mia Hansen-Love (Eden). A sipirtual sequel to Eden would be heaven.

Meanwhile Mara's busy TIFF seems to have ended with a whimper. Nicole Kidman is what people want to talk about when they want to talk about Lion. Una, while getting good reviews and awards buzz for Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, remains without US distribution. And word was quiet on Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture --all we know is that Vanessa Redgrave wore a cool eye patch to the premiere. Mara soldiers on though making interesting choices. That Mary Magdalene movie is happening. It starts shooting next month and her Lion director, Gareth Davis, has put together quite the international cast to surround his leading lady. Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas.

Is Rooney the actress who comes to mind when you think Pop Star? If not, then who?

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Reader Comments (9)

intellectually i understand that Rooney Mara's impenetrability should fascinate me (as I respond to that in other contexts) but with her it just makes me crazy. other than CAROL in which she is brilliant. Having trouble imagining her face moving enough to lipsynch to pop lyrics.

September 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Rooney Mara is probably the last person who I would expect to play a pop star and yet that's why the casting choice excites me.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St. Clair

can someone throw Kate Mara a bone?

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

I need Rooney Mara in a laugh out loud comedy

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Supermodel, yes. Pop star, no.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I'm always ragging on her simply because she seems to have no semblance of life or personality off-screen but does wonders when she's on it.

I'm intrigued.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck.

I'm not intrigued by her, and I think her lifeless humourless attitude is the chief difficulty.
Sia actually has a sense of humour about herself which disqualifies Mara.

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

This is such a cool project that I wanna be excited, but I don't care for Rooney Mara...if it was an actress I really liked, I'd be dying of excitement

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I really do not think much of her as a actress...

September 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrick

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