Almost exactly two years ago, at the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini film Tanner Hall had its premiere. Set in a New England all-girls boarding school, the film was notable for being one of the first big roles for Rooney Mara. At the time no one really knew who the actress was. She was just about to show up in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street — not really the resume-builder a lot of young hopefuls might want.

But a year later Mara held her own against Jesse Eisenberg in the terrific opening scene of The Social Network, and David Fincher soon cast her as Lisbeth Salander in his version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. That one-two ensured that a great many people learned very quickly of Rooney Mara. Tanner Hall, meanwhile, languished on the shelf, with distibution rights in the hands of Anchor Bay. Now, thanks to the fact of Mara’s elevated profile, the film is finally targeted for a September 9 release. The trailer is below. Read More »

Rooney Mara made a significant impression in The Social Network, thanks in large part to the way she held her own against Jesse Eisenberg in the film’s long opening scene. Now she’s working again for David Fincher in one of the two starring roles in his version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So there’s a good chance she’s going to be huge.

But after Dragon Tattoo is done it looks like she’ll take a moment to be in a smaller film. The actress has been cast in Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, from her Tanner Hall co-director Francesca Gregorini. Read More »