Déjà vu anyone? Last month, Hugh Jackman rattled the production of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Collateral Beauty when he stepped off the project. The blow was softened considerably when Will Smith tagged in, ensuring that everything would be fine and dandy for the young Texas filmmaker’s follow-up to his Sundance darling, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Now, Rooney Mara has dropped the film.
So, what’s the good news this time? Well, while there’s no replacement yet, New Line has come in and acquired the worldwide rights to the film. That’s a positive thing and with Smith still on board as the troubled advertising executive, it’s not like the film won’t attract a suitable actress. It’s just a shame given that Mara will likely be buzzing following Todd Haynes’ forthcoming Carol.
Regardless, we’ll hear of a new star soon as filming is set to begin this fall from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (Things We Lost in the Fire, San Andreas). Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros will produce alongside Loeb, while Palmstar CEO Kevin Frakes will serve as executive producer with Steven Pearl and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.
Oh, and don’t expect Smith to also bail. After all, his own Overbrook company is tagging along to co-produce. That’s what they call a “personal investment,” folks.