Rooney Mara in Talks to Join David Fincher’s “Utopia” at HBO


Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon TattooI don’t know about you, but I have been itching for Rooney Mara and David Fincher to reteam on a project. I am still holding out hope for the sequels to their greatly under appreciated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (at this point, though, that feels like a lost cause), but them doing anything together is enough to spark my interest and it looks like that is going to happen.

Mara is in talks to star in Fincher’s HBO adaptation of the UK series “Utopia“, which will be penned by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn. This news comes to us courtesy of The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider’s Twitter account, so the details of who she would be playing are not totally clear. Most speculation points to the character of Jessica Hyde (originally played by Fiona O’Shaughnessy).

We also do not know how far off from the original series they will go, but here is a synopsis of the first season of the UK series:

The story follows a small group of people who find themselves in possession of the manuscript sequel of a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments which is rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century. This leads them to be targeted by an organisation known as The Network, which they must avoid to survive. Using the manuscript, they must uncover the meaning hidden in its pages before the disasters depicted become reality.

I have not seen the original series, and quite frankly, that does not sound like the most interesting premise in the world. But I trust Fincher, especially as of late, to deliver something good. So, I’m interested.