I don't know why anybody drops big news like this on a Thursday night -- wait until assholes like me are at our desks so we can parrot it in nearly one million identical posts! -- but last night Deadline reported that the very talented actress Rooney Mara will star in an Audrey Hepburn bio-pic directed by one Luca Guadagnino. I think after movies like My Week With Marilyn, Jackie and Spencer -- and yes, one wonders how Pablo Larraín feels about this news today! -- proved that we can make successful and interesting biopics of people we used to think would be untouchable because of how iconic they still are all these many years on, this one proved inevitable. (We're also getting Baz Luhrmann's movie about Elvis soon, too.)
But really what does the general populace even know about Audrey Hepburn at this point? I very much count myself as a fan but that's of her performances -- the woman behind Holly Golightly I know very little about. I was 16 when she died and I remember her as a nice old lady who did a lot of charity work, but I've never read a biography of her or seen a documentary -- Audrey the person is a total mystery to me. So I say bring it on. Guadagnino has been sharpening his teeth on fashion short films for the past few years in between his movies and I think those, more than anything, will have prepared him for this. You can't think Audrey without thinking Fashion. And on that front Rooney fits the bill. And yes I love Rooney and think she's the perfect choice, by the way. I might not know much about Audrey but I do know if Audrey was around today she'd be the one talking about how she'd never eaten pie before, that much of I am certain. Thoughts?