Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects) will make a powerhouse couple in Carol, the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950’s lesbian pulp novel, The Price of Salt.
Carol is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950’s New York. Therese (Mara) is a young woman working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life. Everything changes when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an older woman trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free.
Several of Highsmith’s novels have been adapted for the screen; most notably, Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train and the Talented Mr. Ripley, which also starred Blanchett.
Blanchett will also be reunited with I’m Not There director Todd Haynes, who has been tapped to helm Carol.
Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right) was originally offered the role of Therese but her schedule precluded her from continuing with the project. Producer Elizabeth Karlsen and director Haynes were thrilled when Mara Rooney accepted the part.
Todd Haynes said, “We’re over the moon to have Rooney on board. I’ve been a tremendous admirer of her work from the beginning, so the thought of bringing her together with Cate onscreen is thrilling to say the least.”
Karsen adden, “Rooney Mara is one of the most interesting and striking young talents working today. There are few actors who have the weight to play against someone with the extraordinary distinction and mercurial range of Cate Blanchett and she is one of them. The combination of them both is something potentially sensational. It is a testament to Todd Haynes as a director and the quality of the script that we have managed to attract this exciting caliber of actor.”
Carol is currently in pre-production. Look for it in theatres in 2014.