Rooney Mara set to play Audrey Hepburn in upcoming biopic

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Rooney Mara set to play Audrey Hepburn in upcoming biopic
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  • Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn
    British-Dutch actress (1929-1993)
  • Rooney Mara
    Rooney Mara
    American actress
  • Luca Guadagnino
    Italian film director

Rooney Mara is set to play the legendary Audrey Hepburn in a new biopic about her life.

Hepburn was famously known for her performances in classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Sabrina. Over her four-decade-long career, she won an impressive collection of awards, and was one of the rare few to achieve EGOT status - meaning she scooped an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

The Academy Award-nominated Mara, known for her roles in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Carol, will play Hepburn as well as act as producer, working with Oscar-nominated Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, and The Giver co-writer Michael Mitnick, who will pen the script, according to Variety.

Photo credit: Dan MacMedan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan MacMedan - Getty Images

Behind her immaculate, elegant wardrobe – which is still adored today – and her famed films, Hepburn had a troubled life. Last year, British film director Helena Coan delved deeper to find out more about her life to produce the 2020 documentary Audrey.

“Audrey had depth – she suffered a lot in her life, and she turned that into something beautiful,” Coan previously told us. “To me, that’s a wonderful and comforting story, especially at the moment – to show that trauma does not define you. You can turn it into something powerful and beautiful; Audrey is proof. For me, she’s a prime example of a woman who has been reduced to a two-dimensional portrait. Audrey was smart – she spoke five different languages. Everyone knows her face, but no one knows who she is.”

Photo credit: Donaldson Collection
Photo credit: Donaldson Collection

Coan noted that the star struggled more with self-confidence than she first thought. "She is seen as often the most beautiful woman that ever lived, so that she found it difficult to find self-love was a real surprise to me," she said.

"She was also very insecure about her acting abilities – she didn’t think she was a good actress. She’d beg for re-shots. She’d get very nervous and smoked a lot. On camera, she was a perfect figure but behind the scenes, there was a different story.”

No further details about the plot of the forthcoming biopic have yet been announced.

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