By Francesco DeLuca
Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Will Smith drama Collateral Beauty but bigger news comes in the information that Rooney Mara will no longer star alongside Smith in the film.
New Line’s acquisition softens the blow that comes with losing an actress of Mara’s caliber. The Oscar-nominated actress now becomes the second A-lister to have dropped out of the film following the departure of Hugh Jackman last month.
The drama, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, chronicles a New York advertising executive whose colleagues formulate a plan to break him out of his severe depression. The plan works, but in a way no one could’ve imagined.
This film will be Gomez-Rejon’s first since summer drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. That film was a Sundance all-star, picking up the U.S. Grand Prize for best drama, but its indie success did not carry over to the box office. The film failed to break even while a similar film, The Fault in Our Stars, became a box office smash, making $307 million dollars in the first weekend.
Principal photography is set to begin in October, and an expected release date has yet to be announced