Not long ago it was revealed that Steven Soderbergh had cast Blake Lively in the lead role in his upcoming movie, The Side Effects. However it appears those who hold the purse strings didn’t think the Gossip Girl actrss had the clout to lead the movie, and while Soderbergh pushed forward, it cost him his financiers at Annapurna Pictures.
While he’d hope to get money elsewhere with Lively in the lead, it appears he hasn’t managed it, as Deadline reports that Lively has now been dropped and Rooney Mara has taken her place.
This thriller revolves around a young woman who gets hooked on prescription drugs due to her fear of her husband and his imminent release from prison. The actress will replace Blake Lively, who recently dropped out of the project. Channing Tatum will co-star as the horrible hubby, while Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones are set to play psychiatrists.
Shooting is scheduled to begin this April.