When Carol first got announced to the world, it seemed like the perfect package to make for an important movie. Its script was an adaptation of a novel from famed writer Patricia Highsmith, called “The Price of Salt,” which is considered to be one of the seminal pieces of gay fiction. Its director was Todd Haynes, the interesting voice behind projects like Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There. And, perhaps most importantly, it cast two of our strongest working actors today, Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska, as the two women who make a connection over the course of the film. That’s what the project used to look like, but today there’s some good news and some bad news about how it’s been coming together. The good news is that every element that made the film look so promising except for one is still in place. The bad new is that Mia Wasikowska can no longer play the younger of our onscreen lovers, Therese. Don’t let that upset you too much though, because along with the news that Wasikowska is no longer in the film comes a little bit of sugar to help the medicine go down. It’s also been announced [via Screen Daily] that a replacement has already been found for her, and wouldn’t you know it, they got another one of the best and most high-profile actresses working today to step in and do the job, Rooney Mara.



Suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith will forever be known as the scribe behind “Strangers on a Train,” which has been adapted for the big screen over two dozen times (and most memorably by Hitchcock himself), but Highsmith also wrote another seminal work of fiction whose influence arguably surpassed “Strangers.” Two years after publishing “Strangers,” Highsmith adopted the pseudonym Claire Morgan to pen a very important piece of homosexual fiction – “The Price of Salt.” Despite the book’s ground-breaking portrayal of a lesbian relationship in the 1950s, the book has yet to yield a full-scale cinematic adaption – but that’s changed now. News from Cannes (our new favorite kind of news!) reports that John Crowley (who previously directed the achingly beautiful and deeply sad Boy A) will direct a big screen take on the book, now titled just Carol for the film, that will star Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska as the lovers, Therese and Carol.

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