While Cate Blanchett plays the title role in Carol, it was Rooney Mara who took home the Best Actress Award during the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
So it’s come as a surprise that The Weinstein Co. is planning to campaign Mara for supporting actress — while leaving Cate Blanchett as the lead and qualifier for Best Actress. As you may suspect, it’s an effort to avoid the Carol co-stars competing against one another.
Which is interesting for anyone who has read Patricia Highsmith’s book as it is narrated by Mara’s character, Therese Belivet. Of course, this strategy is taking into consideration the more established career of Blanchett — who is also starring in Sony Pictures Classics’ Truth, according to Hollywood Elsewhere.
It was a big deal to have two women headlining Carol — a queer themed movie that took a 15-year journey to make it to the big screen. Since Cannes, the film has generated Oscar buzz — so considering awards season seems to be a thing for the Weinstein Company.
And in case you’re not excited about Carol yet, we’re going to leave you with this sweet clip from the upcoming film. We’re dying to see it.
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