The story is adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novella The Price of Salt, which follows the friendship formed by two vastly different women in the 1950s. Rooney Mara is playing a young woman in her 20s who works at a New York City department store and dreams of a better life. Cate Blanchett portrays a wife trapped in a dead-end marriage.
Todd Haynes (I'm Not There) is directing from a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, with Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley and Christine Vachon producing. Here's what Todd Haynes had to say about bringing Rooney Mara on board in a statement.
Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring. Rooney Mara currently stars in Ain't Them Bodies Saints, and she can next be seen in Her.