Following a three year break from acting (during which you had her first child with actor Joaquin Phoenix), Rooney Mara recently returned in a supporting capacity for the 2021 film Nightmare Alley and will also be featured this year in the Sarah Polley-directed drama film Women Talking. However, she is now set to return to the lead with confirmation she will both produce and star in a biopic about famed actress Audrey Hepburn.
Set to be directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, 2018's Suspiria) and written by Michael Mitnick ( who previously collaborated with the Italian filmmaker on a 2019 short film), Hepburn remains one of only sixteen people who have won Academy (for the 1953 film Roman Holiday), Emmy, a Grammy, and Tony Awards (popularly known as being an "EGOT"). Her later life would see her focusing on humanitarian work through her devoted work with UNICEF, to which she had contributed since 1954. Between 1988 and 1992, she worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. She would ultimately a month later of appendiceal cancer after receiving this distinction at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.
The rights to the project have been picked up by Apple who will most likely give the film a limited theatrical release (to qualify for award season) followed by a release on their streaming service Apple+. However, no release date or even production start has been announced for the project as Guadagnino is currently in post-production on his next film, Bones & All, a romance-horror that re-teams him with actor Timothée Chalamet. Stay tuned!