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Endgame Steps in to Finance Soderbergh's 'Bitter Pill,' Starring Rooney Mara

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2012 at 4:32PM

Rooney Mara to the rescue! Steven Soderbergh now has the girl formerly known as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (formerly known as the girl from "The Social Network") set to star in "Side Effects."
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Rooney Mara as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Rooney Mara as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Rooney Mara to the rescue! With the girl formerly known as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (formerly known as the girl from "The Social Network") set to star in "Bitter Pill" (aka "Side Effects"), Steven Soderbergh now has brought in Endgame Entertainment ("An Education") to finance the film.

Financier Annapurna Pictures wasn't happy with Blake Lively in the lead role; they dropped out. Mara replaces Lively as the lead, and joins cast members Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law. Scott Z. Burns wrote the script, andl will produce along with Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Open Road is set to distribute.

Mara will play a woman addicted to prescription drugs to cope with the anxiety and depression caused by her husband's (Tatum) impending release from prison. It's wise of Mara to choose a role like this. While there are ingenues aplenty, few young actresses can deliver edge. Here's more on her potential "Dragon Tattoo" follow-ups.

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, Steven Soderbergh, Directors, Genres


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.