Audrey Hepburn’s son, Sean Ferrer, gave his take on Rooney Mara’s recent casting as the late film icon in an upcoming biopic.
Mara, 36, will be playing Hepburn during her “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” days in a drama film directed by “Call Me by Your Name” filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Full plot details are still under wraps for the production.
“I was not aware of the project,” Ferrer, 61, recently told Fox News. “Rooney is a delight. Sounds like there is a lot of love there.”
Some fans were a little confused by the casting, and many wanted “Emily in Paris” star Lily Collins to take on the role.
“Lily collins this was supposed to be YOUUUU,” one fan cried on Twitter.
“Lily Collins did everything except produce a biopic starring her as Audrey Hepburn,” added another. “I know she mad Rooney Mara beat her to the punch.”
Ferrer has spent years keeping Hepburn’s memory and legacy alive. The “Roman Holiday” actress died in 1993 at age 63 from cancer.
In 2020, Ferrer and his wife, Karin, wrote a children’s book called “Little Audrey’s Daydream.” The book took a look into Hepburn’s rocky childhood living in Holland during wartime and her dreams of becoming a Hollywood star.
He opened up to Fox News at the time about his favorite memory of his mom. He remembered that “anytime I made her laugh” was his favorite moment.
” … Whenever I would make her laugh, she would really laugh from her stomach,” Ferrer said. “It’s one of the greatest things you can take from any relationship if you can make someone laugh and give them that moment of sunshine.
“But there are many moments I think about,” he added. “I think about when she drove me to the airport and I left to do my first job. I was walking through security and when I turned around, there were tears coming down her face. As a parent and having been through it, I now understand. But I take great comfort in those moments when I simply made her laugh.”
Ferrer said he wanted the book to show “what a remarkable person she was.”
“I want to continue telling her story,” added Ferrer. “We want to continue the work that she cared the most about. She was very proud of the fact that she was able to contribute and do something, especially for children.
“I don’t think we can ever fill those shoes, but we’re noticing little footsteps in telling her story,” he noted. “I think this book is really a message of hope. A young girl during the war read fairy tales and dreamed of a better life. And when she finally achieved that, she gave back to the world. Somehow magically, the story being told is that there’s healing in hope.”