It was announced this week that Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) will star in the musical film Ziggy. It’s about a hunchback escape artist in 1920s New York who falls in love with the fiancée of a media mogul. But before Mara finishes filming Ziggy, she’ll be starring in the romantic drama film Carol.
Directed by Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven, Safe), Carol is based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt written by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley). Highsmith used the pseudonym Claire Morgan due to the story’s lesbian content. Mara will play Therese, a lonely young woman working at a New York department store. She meets an older woman Carol (Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal) who is going through a divorce, and they fall in love. It’s not easy, but (at least in the novel) there is a happy ending, which was practically unprecedented in gay fiction.