Elle Fanning Invents The Sci-Fi Genre In The First Mary Shelley Trailer

Credit: IFC Films

Mary Shelley is an author that quite literally changed the world. The famed writer wrote the classic novel Frankenstein and, in the process, gave birth to the sci-fi genre.

It’s amazing that we haven’t gotten a biopic on her until now.

That’s right! We’re finally getting a biopic on Shelley’s life and her work on her landmark novel from IFC Films. Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour in her first English language film, the piece follows Shelley (Elle Fanning) as the 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin as she meets and marries poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth).

It also digs into Mary’s fascination with macabre subjects and as she tries to deal with her mother’s, philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, death after her birth.

Then, of course, we get to the famous dinner party with Lord Byron (Tom Sturridge), who issues a challenge to write a ghost story. Mary, of course, comes up with…Frankenstein.

The trailer for the film was released today. It certainly does have that Gothic feel to it. It definitely promises a look at a fascinating and notable author.

After all, isn’t it time to see the life of the young woman behind the monster and the doctor?

Mary Shelley will be released on May 25th.

Bec Heim