EXCLUSIVE: Here’s another solid deal coming out of the in-progress Baja International Film Festival, where executives and agents are doing business at Las Ventanas Hotel in Los Cabos. For this one, Dakota Fanning has been attached to star in Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled coming-of-age story, which he will direct from his screenplay. Alex Orlovsky and Hunter Gray will produce and co-finance through their Verisimilitude production banner; this reteams the pair with Naranjo after the trio collaborated on the helmer’s Voy A Explotar. The new movie, Naranjo’s English-language debut, is set to begin filming in February. It centers on Viena (Fanning), a roadie who’s on a journey of self-discovery and survival as part of a punk band’s convoy, traveling through America circa the 1980s. CAA, which reps Naranjo, arranged financing and will rep the film’s domestic distribution rights. READ MORE »
West Of Memphis helmer Amy Berg’s feature directorial debut Every Secret Thing is based on Laura Lippman’s 1994 novel and centers on two young girls who are convicted of murdering a baby and are incarcerated until they turn 18. Upon their release, children start to go missing, dredging up the mystery surrounding the original death. Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald will play the 18 year olds. Diane Lane, who plays one of their mothers, and Elizabeth Banks, who plays the lead cop in the investigation, already were aboard the pic, which begins shooting March 25 in New York. Nicole Holofcener adapted the book.
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Dakota Fanning has been cast as Kevin Kline‘s teenage girlfriend in the true Hollywood pic The Last Of Robin Hood, which chronicles the final years of Errol Flynn‘s life with Kline portraying the swashbuckling screen icon. Quinceanera helmers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland scripted and will direct. Fanning will play teenage actress Beverly Aadland, who was 17-years-old and by Flynn’s side when he died at age 50 in 1959. Susan Sarandon is also attached as Florence Aadland, who wrote the 1961 book The Big Love accusing Flynn of starting a sexual relationship with her daughter when Beverly was 15, an allegation Beverly Aadland later confirmed to People.
Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as lifelong best friends determined to lose their virginity. Higher Ground and The Big C‘s Boyd Holbrook has joined the cast to play the young artist both girls …
Dakota and Elle Fanning have signed with WME. The teenage actresses made the agency rounds recently after leaving Cindy Osbrink, whose Osbrink Talent Agency specializes in pint-sized talent and …
EXCLUSIVE: Dakota Fanning will star in the title role of Effie, the Emma Thompson-scripted period biopic about the unfortunate marriage between Euphemia Gray and the famed critic John Ruskin in 1850s London. Richard Laxton (An Englishman in New York) is directing. Though the teenager was gorgeous, Effie’s husband never consummated the marriage over five years because Ruskin was for some reason disgusted by her body. After suffering through a loveless marriage and browbeating by her in-laws, Effie fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Millais.
Greg Wise will play Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge will play Millais. Thompson plays Lady Eastlake, who takes Effie under her wing when it was clear the union was destroying the young woman. Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi play Ruskin’s parents, and Edward Fox is in talks to play Lady Eastlake’s husband, Sir Charles Eastlake. He was the main patron of the Royal Academy, which held sway over what constituted fine art. He was already fed up with Ruskin and his radical ideas before that love triangle rocked the art community. Production will begin Oct. 17 in Scotland, London and Venice. The film’s being produced by Don Rosenfeld with Andreas Roald. They raised the $10 million budget through private equity.