Rooney Mara in final talks for Spike Jonze pic

'Dragon Tattoo' thesp would replace Carey Mulligan

Rooney Mara is in final negotiations to join Spike Jonze’s upcoming project now that Carey Mulligan has fallen out due to skedding conflicts.

Untitled project stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Samantha Morton. Jonze penned the script and is set to direct the pic about a man who falls in love with the voice of a computer. Details of Mara’s role are unclear.

Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures banner.

If a deal closes, Mara would segue to the Jonze pic once she finishes her work on Steven Soderbergh’s “The Bitter Pill.”

Jonze had not helmed a pic since 2009’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” Landing Mara would be the final element he needs to get the pic up and running.

After having a good experience with David Fincher on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which earned her an Oscar nom, Mara is opting to take on projects with auteur directors who work in the same style as Fincher.

Besides “Bitter Pill,” Mara has also recently worked on Terrence Malick’s “Lawless” with Ryan Gosling.

Mara is repped by WME.

(Jeff Sneider contributed to this report.)

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