Kaya Scodelario Replaces Rooney Mara

It has been revealed that Kaya Scodelario will be replacing Rooney Mara in Francesca Gregorini’s upcoming film, Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes.

Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes will be Francesca Gregorini’s second feature as a director, with her first film, Tanner Hall, also having starred actress Rooney Mara. However, it seems that due to her current The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo commitments, Mara has been forced to drop out of Gregorini’s latest project.

Even so, the film still looks set to go ahead, with Mara quickly being replaced by rising star, Kaya Scodelario. Scodelario first found fame appearing in Skins, in which she was cast aged just fourteen. She has since appeared in a number of film roles, including the independent sci-fi, Moon, and Mo Ali’s directorial début, Shank. Most notably, she took on the lead role of Cathy Earnshaw in Andrea Arnold’s recent screen adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wurthering Heights.

Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes is the story of a young girl (Scodelario) who becomes obsessed with a neighbour, who appears to be the spitting image of her dead mother. The mystery deepens when she agrees to babysit for the woman, only to find out that her child is, in fact, a life-like doll.

It certainly sounds like an interesting premise – if not one which is already being heavily compared with the 2007 comedy-drama, Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling. However, Mara’s replacement may raise questions about the distribution of the film – Tanner Hall struggled to find distribution right up until Mara was cast in the high-profile David Fincher adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s first Millennium Trilogy novel.

Meanwhile, Scodelario has recently completed filming for Now Is Good – a film based on Jenny Downham’s novel, Before I Die, in which she appears alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine. Scodelario is also currently working on upcoming thriller, Twenty8k, which comes from the writers of Shameless and stars Bend It Like Beckham‘s Parminder Nagra, as well as This Is England‘s Michael Socha, amongst others.

Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes is currently pencilled for a 2012 release – we’ll keep you posted!

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