Rooney Mara at the 2013 Berlin International Film FestivalGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images

It's always lovely to see a young actor or actress, after achieving a sizable amount of notoriety and fame, actually use that energy toward exciting, creative, challenging projects instead of just signing up for 15 superhero movies and calling it a day.

This is why we are so thrilled with Rooney Mara and her post-"Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" career trajectory. She has made a series of wonderfully interesting decisions (among them Steven Soderbergh's underrated psychosexual thriller "Side Effects" and David Lowery's meditative crime drama "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), and it looks like she's just added another daring film to the mix: She'll replace Mia Wasikowska in Todd Haynes's period lesbian drama "Carol," based on the 1952 novel by "Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train" author Patricia Highsmith. Go Team Rooney!

The original novel was published under the title "The Price of Salt" and the pseudonym Claire Morgan, with Highsmith not outing herself as the writer until much later in her life. At the time, the book's lesbian content was somewhat revolutionary -- not for merely existing in the first place but for positing a happy ending for two gay women.

Haynes is an unparalleled filmmaker whose last project was the sprawling, emotionally riveting "Mildred Pierce" adaptation for HBO that aired last year and starred a stunning Kate Winslet. Blanchett and the director have worked together once before -- on 2007's ingenious Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" (in which she played "Don't Look Back"-era Dylan in a black-and-white section of the movie). It was a collaboration that earned Blanchett an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Between Haynes's success with Julianne Moore, Blanchett, and Winslet, it's easy to see why actresses are chomping at the bit to work with the director.

Mara can next be seen in Spike Jonze's "Her," a sci-fi romance about a man who falls in love with the electronic voice on his computer, which was recently chosen to close the 51st annual New York Film Festival. After that she'll star in a yet-untitled Terrence Malick movie.

Shooting on "Carol" begins next year, a fact that should make every film fan very, very excited. It will be released in America by The Weinstein Company.

[via Screen Daily]

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