Todd Haynes Carol has been slowly coming together, and now another piece has slotted into place, as Variety reports that Sarah Paulson has signed up to star alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the lesbian-themed movie.
Paulson is a great addition. She’s shown how good she is in the likes of Studio 60 and Martha Marcy May Marlene, but it’s only with American Horror Story that’s she’s really started get the attention she deserves. She’s also, in case you didn’t know, bisexual, having exclusively dated men until she got together with actress Cherry Jones. Sadly they broke up and since then Paulson has said she’s open to relationships with both men and women.
Carol is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novella The Price of Salt, which follows the relationship between two women in 1950s New York. One is a young department store clerk (Mara) who dreams of a better life, and the other is a woman (Blanchett) trapped in a loveless marriage. Playwright Phyllis Nagy wrote the screenplay adaptation. Paulson will play Blanchett’s ex-lover and current confidante.