Elle Fanning is set to play Mary Shelley, the woman behind the classic story Frankenstein, in a new film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female director from Saudi Arabia.
Amy Baer will produce the film, entitled A Storm in the Stars, via her Gidden Media banner along with Joannie Burstein and Rebecca Miller as executive producers. According to The Hollywood Reporter the film, “tells the story of the passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who would a year later write Frankenstein as Mary Shelley.”
The report went on to say, “The script aims to tell of the tumult of first love of a young woman out of step with her time (Mary was well-educated and came from a family of intellectuals) who wrote one of the first pieces of literary genre fiction in modern times.”
Fanning might seem like unusual choice for the role of Shelley but according to Amy Baer, she is perfect for the role. “Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman.” Adding, “She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady.”
The film is set to begin production in 2015, if it “secures financing”.
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