Rooney Mara Heads to ‘A House in the Sky’

By June 25, 2014

The Mara sisters are super talented. Kate stars in Netflix’s “House of Cards” and has been in films like 127 Hours and Transcendence (as well as the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot), while Rooney starred in The Social Network, Side Effects, Her, and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in David Fincher’s remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now Rooney has teamed with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures to option the New York Times bestseller “A House in the Sky” (via ComingSoon), and if the plot summary is any indication, it appears that Rooney is turning her eye toward the Oscar once more.

“A House in the Sky” is the dramatic and redemptive memoir of Amanda Lindhout, whose deep passion for exploration of the world’s most remote and perilous places, took an unexpected turn when she was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia by a rebel terrorist group. An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout’s fifteen months in captivity, “A House in the Sky” illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her captors all the while as she is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse.


If her previous filmography is an accurate indicator, it seems Rooney Mara is much more interested in darker kinds of stories like this than her sister; she goes to some very dark places as an actress, and considering she’ll be producing this film along with Annapurna Pictures (it’s only the second movie she’s ever produced), it’s clear she has a personal investment in this story. We can assume she’ll be bringing her A-game when it comes to portraying the horrors that Lindhout experienced.

In a bit of controversial casting, Mara is currently starring as Tiger Lilly in Joe Wright’s live action Peter Pan film. Have you read A House in the Sky? What do you think about Rooney taking on the lead role?

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