Oscar-nominated actress, Rooney Mara, is set to star as Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming Apple Studios biopic. According to Deadline, The movie is to be produced by Mara and directed by Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me by Your Name, in 2017. It will be written by Michael Mitnick who is known for his work on the HBO series, Vinyl. Mitnick also wrote Guadagnino’s 2019 short film The Staggering Girl, starring Julianne Moore, and the screenplay for 2014’s The Giver. Specifics about the movie relating to its plot or when it will start filming have yet to be announced.
Mara has starred in over a dozen films and has made a name for herself in Hollywood. She is best known for her work in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Carol both of which earned her Oscar nominations. She also starred in critically acclaimed movies such as Lion and A Ghost Story. More recently, Mara co-starred in Guillermo del Toro’s psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, a possible Oscar 2022 contender.
Mara is the latest star to portray a legendary Hollywood persona as Chris Evans will be taking on the role of Gene Kelly announced earlier this week. As the Cut reported in 2012, Rooney Mara is the “new Audrey Hepburn.” From the looks of it, it might as well be spot-on casting. The article stated, “Tomboyish and brunette, Audrey was a refreshing alternative to fifties pinup stars Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe, and Rooney certainly stands out for her non-conformist goth-princess vibe.”
“One thing at least seems certain in the history of other Actresses Compared to Audrey Hepburn: None but Mara share her baffling ability to turn crazy bangs into style statements,” said the Cut.
The Breakfast at Tiffany’s legendary Hollywood actress was born in 1929 and was known for being a film and fashion icon. Appearing in classic films such as Roman Holiday, Sabrina. and My Fair Lady, Hepburn garnered five Oscar nominations and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993. She retired from acting in the early 1980s, focusing on her humanitarian work. She was also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF for her international charity work. Hepburn died in her Switzerland home in 1993 due to a battle with cancer at the age of 63. In the years after her death, Hepburn achieved EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) status, becoming the first person to earn the title posthumously.