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Rooney Mara is Replacing Blake Lively in Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

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January 30, 2012

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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.

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  • Truong18
    Mara is way better actress than lively.
  • Thexn
    Gotta love Hollywood. Anytime you can get superior performance for less money is a good thing. Having Mara in the cast is a definite step up from Lively.
  • Anonymous
    thank god. that is all.
  • Mar_0226
    Great choice! And Mara its way better actress than Lively and fits the part :)
  • lea
    they didn't lose Lively, they cut her.
  • Youpeoplearegullible
    This kinda screams "we chose Mara because she's an Oscar nominee." I kinda feel sorry for Blake because rumor has it one of the major investors of the film was going to walk away if they didn't cast some with more "bankability", which funny enough, Mara isn't that much more bankable. If this is true, this is how executive producers ruin film - they really don't know jack sh*t and they're eying the dollar signs.
  • Frightened Inmate #2
    Will she ever top her performance in the Elm Street remake??
  • Hggg
    Blake is a horrible actress!! I'm so happy they replaced... I bet Blake is all torn up inside.. good she's such a famewh4re
  • luke
    Mara is a way better actress.. now this movie actually has a chance to be good!!
  • Db1227
    i feel bad for blake.  i hope she gets a better project. i don't get all the hate she's young and still unproven and besides its not like gossip girl will bring out the best in her acting ability when she's not even the center of the story..we should at least give her a chance..and the way annapurna handled this is just messed up they know even before they agree to finance the film that blake will play the lead role and then forced her out..you may call her a famewh*re or whatever but she doesn't deserve this kind of humiliation.
    • Target:Earth
      She was good in The Town.
  • Pete
    I am actually really happy that she got the part. I think that Mara has what it takes to carry a serious movie. She has proven it by her breathtaking performance as Lisbeth in The Girl with the dragon tattoo. I was initially disappointed that the producers refused to fund the project solely because of Blake Lively. They should have let Soderburgh make his judgement. Channing Tatum is a horrible actor, yet he still gets leading roles. Blake would have been fine. She has experience playing different roles, I am sure she could handle it. The movie would have drawn Gossip Girl fans. It's their loss. I like Rooney Mara and I know she will do well in the film. Who knows the movie might still be a box office failure?

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