On the heel of her first Oscar nomination for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)", Rooney Mara scores another lead role. The 26-year-old is replacing Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh's thriller, "The Side Effects", which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.
Mara will play Emily Hawkins, "a sexy but unsettled young woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety and depression surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison". An extra plot coming from First Showing suggested that the prescription drugs drive Mara's character to unknowingly murder her husband, and she must stand trial for the crime.
Tatum is slated to take the role as the husband while Law is the doctor who eventually will have a relationship with Hawkins. Zeta-Jones is said to play Dr. Erica Siebert, but it's not clear how she's involved with the story just yet.
Scott Z. Burns ("Contagion") wrote the script. Shooting will begin in April for a release in March 2013.