Casting: Farrell Offered a 'Winter's Tale', Mara Headed to 'Brooklyn', Jobs' Biopic Searches for Woz

Casting: Farrell Offered a 'Winter's Tale', Mara Headed to 'Brooklyn', Jobs' Biopic Searches for Woz

Apr 27, 2012

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth SalanderAnother week fades to a close, but before we send you off into the last weekend of April 2012 (this year is flying by…), here are the latest casting updates.

Rooney Mara is riding high in the wake of her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the Oscar-nominated actress is now attached to play the lead role in an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn.

ComingSoon gives us an official description of the book:

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love

Sounds like an interesting role for Mara – and quite the departure from the tattooed and pierced Salander for sure. We’ll bring you more on this one as details emerge.


Earlier this month, news that Ashton Kutcher would play Steve Jobs in a biopic based on the Apple visionary’s life made the rounds. Today, Variety gives us the first hint about who might play Jobs’ partner Steve Wozniak: Book of Mormon star Josh Gad.

The film, which will be directed by Swing Vote’s Joshua Michael Stern, covers Jobs’ early hippy days all the way through to his time as one of the world’s most successful businessmen. We like the idea of Gad playing Woz -- hopefully he lands the part. 


Colin Farrell has been offered the lead role in the upcoming Winter’s Tale according to Variety (via ComingSoon). If the actor accepts the part, he’ll be joining an intriguing cast that already includes Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith.

Based on a 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale is described as follows:

Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead. To follow him, his predecessors, his inheritors, and his companions is to experience one of the great stories of American literature.

Farrell has currently finished production on the Total Recall remake and is set to reunite with In Bruges director for Seven Psychopaths.

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