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Elle Fanning to play Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars

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Story by Jack Foley

ELLE Fanning is to star as legendary writer Mary Shelley in new romantic period drama A Storm in the Stars.

The film, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, is already momentous for featuring the first female director out of Saudi Arabia.

Based on a script by Emma Jensen, the film will chronicle the story of the passionate love affair between the charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who would a year later write Frankenstein as Mary Shelley.

It will examine the first love of a woman who was widely considered to be ahead of her time – someone who would write one of the first pieces of literary genre fiction in modern times and who was well-educated and came from a family of intellectuals.

The film’s director, al-Mansour, has already garnered critical acclaim for her film Wadjda, which tackled similar themes of a young woman out of step with her country’s culture.

Commenting on Fanning’s casting, producer Amy Baer told the Hollywood Reporter: “Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman. She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady.”

Funding is currently being finalised with a view to start shooting in 2015.

Sixteen-year-old Fanning is one of Hollywood’s rising actresses, having recently appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in box office smash Maleficent. She has also appeared in JJ Abrams’ Super 8.

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