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Mara to star in Tóibín's Brooklyn

1 of 1 Mara - To play Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey
Mara - To play Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara is to play the lead role of Irish emigrant Eilis Lacey in the big screen adaptation of Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn.

Brooklyn follows Lacey as she leaves 1950s Ireland for New York, where she falls in love but later has to choose between her life in the US and her life back home.

The screenplay for the film has been written by Nick Hornby.

No director is attached to the project at present, but the plan is for filming to begin in Spring 2013.

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