Rooney Mara is Replacing Blake Lively in Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'
by Ethan Anderton
January 30, 2012
After gaining Catherine Zeta-Jones last week, it sounded like there might be some issues keeping the previously announced cast of Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects as the film lost part of its financing. Now Deadline has word that the film has indeed lost Lively, but has replaced her with the talented Rooney Mara who will now play a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs (as a way of dealing with her husband, played by Tatum, being released from prison), which ends up leading her into a relationship with a doctor played by Law.
We now have an extra plot point in the story as the prescription drugs drive Mara's character to unknowingly murder her husband, and she must stand trial for the crime. With Lively falling out of the film, that means that there's a chance Tatum and Law could end up falling away from the project, but since both have worked with Soderbergh previously, I'm betting they'll stick around. The good news is there's another film where Tatum will get taken out of the picture at some point, a move I'm fine with since his stronger work seems to be in comedy. After 21 Jump Street hits in March, let's hope he figures that out soon.