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Hot on the heels of news that Rooney Mara is close to committing to Spike Jonze's next feature, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star has been linked to an in-development adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel Brooklyn.
While the title may bring to mind modern-day hipsters donning skinny jeans, bored stares and chunky eyewear, Toibin's book actually begins in a small Irish town in the 1950s. There, Eilis Lacey, a young woman and skilled bookkeeper, struggles to find a job in an Irish economy still endeavoring to recover from the effects of World War II. But when a priest from Brooklyn convinces her that America is the land of opportunity, Lacey accompanies him back to New York where he sets her up with a job and a place to stay. From there, Lacey begins building a life of her own—away from her family—with a job at a department store, college classes, and a romance with a charming young Italian. But when she gets terrible news from Ireland, she's forced to make a choice between her life in America and her family back home.
Deadline reports An Education producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have attached Mara to the project to play Lacey. They've likewise lined up An Education's screenwriter Nick Hornby to adapt Toibin’s novel into a romantic drama, fitting considering Brooklyn seems similar in theme to the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir. Dywer and Posey are now on the search for a suitable director for this drama that's budgeted at $20-$25 million dollars. The pair hope to go into production on Brooklyn in the spring of 2013.
Until then, they'll be producing the dark comedy A Long Way Down, based on Hornby's novel of the same name. Meanwhile, Mara is in back-to-back production on Terrence Malick's Lawless and Steven Soderbergh's Bitter Pill, both of which are due out in 2013.