Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix’s Biopic on Quadriplegic Cartoonist

Gus Van Sant is directing film titled “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”

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Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill are in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Gus Van Sant will direct while Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the film, based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. A car accident at the age of 21 left Callahan paralyzed, so he started to draw to cope. His drawings depicted taboo topics which led to various boycotts in Portland, his hometown.

Callahan’s art was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse and Playboy. The artist died in 2010.

Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte are producing, while Steve Golin is producing for Anonymous Content.

Hill has had a busy year, starring in films like “Hail, Caesar!,” Sausage Party” and “War Dogs,” the latter scoring him a Golden Globe nomination. His upcoming projects include “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” with Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Cary Fukunaga’s TV series “Maniac” with Emma Stone. He is represented by WME, ID PR and LBI Entertainment.

Mara most recently voiced a character in “Kubo and the Two Strings” and starred in “Lion,” a strong awards contender after receiving both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award nomination. The actress recently wrapped production on “Mary Magdalene” and will next star in “Vox Lux.” She is represented by WME and Management 260.