If you were planning an indie film and were looking for two actresses considered at the top of their game in that field, you’d be hard pressed to beat casting Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. Director Naomi Foner had the same thought, and has finally locked them in alongside Anton Yelchin for Very Good Girls.
Though you wouldn’t think either woman likely to struggle getting dates, Girls will find Olsen and Fanning as two lifelong best friends planning to spend their summer after graduating high school finally losing their virginity. Like so many teens before them, they see it as a vital rite of passage into adulthood. But there’s a hitch: they both fall for the same boy (Yelchin), and soon things become very complicated…
Foner has been trying to get the film made for a while now, and with her cast in place can aim to start shooting this June in New York. “The film deals with female sexuality and friendship in a way we haven’t seen before,” she tells Deadline. “These girls will be stunning young women in a couple of years, but they’ve struggled through high school with only each other. Most of us have been there. This is the summer where they finally get to touch real life.”
Olsen is currently enjoying more Sundance acclaim in Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and has Martha Marcy May Marlene about to hit UK cinemas, and Fanning will crop up at the end of the year as psycho vamp Jane in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Dakota Fanning copied Britney Spears’ look as a child.
The 17-year-old actress looked up to music icons as a youngster and emulated their signature style. Dakota has enjoyed experimenting with different trends throughout her childhood.
“As a girl, Britney Spears was my idol, so I played around with some of her looks,” she explained in the January issue of Marie Claire.
“The most adventurous I’ve been with make-up was on the film The Runaways. One of the looks was like silver spray paint over my eyes which I still try to emulate, in a modified way.”
Dakota is a big fan of beauty products. The pretty star insists nail care is paramount when it comes to completing her look.
“I am obsessed with nail art – I’m desperate to try the thing where they literally put toys on your nails,” she quipped. “I collect Chanel nail polishes and have nearly all of them displayed in my bathroom – the minute one comes out, I’m all over it.”
Dakota’s younger sister Elle is following in her footsteps and has stepped into the film industry spotlight. Dakota is protective of her 13-year-old sibling, and wants her to dress appropriately for her age.
“If I were to give my younger sister beauty advice, I’d say that although it’s fun to go crazy with make-up, I don’t like seeing young girls trying to be someone they’re not,” she explained.
“I think we should keep youthful for as long as possible.”
The Fanning sisters, Elle and Dakota, are in talks to team up as siblings (method!) for a planned feature film about the sixties family girl-group curiosity the Shaggs. The Shaggs, one of rock’s quirkier no-hit wonders, were comprised of four New Hampshire sisters — Dot, Betty, Helen, and Rachel Wiggin — who had no seeming musical aptitude, but formed a band anyway because their father, Austin Wiggin, insisted his mother’s session with a palm reader pre-visioned their global success despite their awkward, gangly appearance.
They recorded one cacophonous album, 1969′s Philosophy of the World, which was widely derided, and they laid down the instruments they weren’t quite sure what to do with in the first place after their father’s death in 1975. But they did have their fans, like Frank Zappa, who infamously called them “better than the Beatles,” and the band NRBQ, which rereleased the girls’ album in 1982.
Dieckmann (who directed 2009′s Motherhood, with Uma Thurman) spent the late eighties and early nineties shooting music videos for R.E.M., Aimee Mann, and the Throwing Muses, and first set up her Shaggs movie at the now-defunct Artisan Entertainment, and it bounced around Hollywood for years — until now.
Oddly, just as the Fanning sisters are boarding Dieckmann’s cinematic project, a long-gestating Off Broadway musical about the Shaggs and their only album is also finally and simultaneously taking shape. The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World starts previews in mid-May, and opens Off Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons in June.
It’s almost Greek in nature,” says John Langs, the musical’s director and co-creator. “There’s a very clear line of an American Kronos, devouring his children: He essentially imprisoned his teenage daughters and erased their years of going from girls to women, and replaced it with endless band practice and calisthenics. Now, with our show and the movie coming together, I feel like we’ve become instruments of this prophecy. I feel the hand of Austin Wiggin pushing at my back.”
Dakota Fanning and Ryan Donowho will star in the indie thriller “Mississippi Wild.”
Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker are also in talks to join the cast.
Jesse Baget will write and direct, with Shannon Makhanian and Ryan Johnson producing; Todd Slater exec produces.
Story follows a teen, to be played by Donowho, who has to go on the run with his girlfriend after stealing diamonds that belong to a local gangster. Fanning will play the g.f., and Rourke is being eyed for the gangster role.
Whitaker would play another gangster who is chasing after Rourke’s character.
Production is set to begin March 21 in Atlanta.
The busy Fanning also has signed to star alongside Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff in “The Motel Life.” Alan and Gabe Polsky will produce and direct that pic through their Polsky Films banner, with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster scripting.
Fanning will shoot “Motel Life” in February and then jump into production on “Mississippi Wild.”
Donowho next stars in “Rites of Passage,” and Whitaker can currently be seen on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.”
Rourke, last seen in “Passion Play” and “The Expendables,” will next star in Relativity Media’s “Immortals,” while Duvall recently starred in “Get Low.”
Duvall and Rourke are repped by ICM, while WME reps Whitaker.
Fanning is repped by the Osbrink Agency and One Talent Management. Donowho is repped by UTA and Brookside Artist Management. Baget is repped by Zero Gravity Management.
Stephen Dorff has had to endure having hundreds of hair extensions fitted for new film The Motel Life.
The American actor is about to start shooting the big-screen adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, in which he plays one of two brothers whose lives are thrown into turmoil after a tragic accident.
“My hair isn’t very stylish – I have 400 hair extensions in my hair right now because I’m shooting a new movie, so there wasn’t much that I could do to hide my hair tonight,” he said at the Elle Style Awards in London.
Stephen, who starred in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, won the gong for best actor at the ceremony.
He said of his new film: “It’s a movie based on a novel called The Motel Life.It’s me and Emile Hirsch. We play brothers and Dakota Fanning’s in the movie as well, so I’m working with another Fanning this time, as I worked with Elle in Somewhere.
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Dakota Fanning has signed onto star in Girls Night Out for Eccose Films.
The story takes place in 1945 on V.E. Day after World War II has ended. The story centers on Princess Margaret, the sister of the current Queen of England, who is allowed one night out of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the war being over. The role of Margaret’s sister, Elizabeth, who joins Margaret in the festivities, has not yet been cast.
Michael Hoffman (Gambit) is directing the project from a script by Trevor De Silva. Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing for Eccose Films.
The project will be introduced to international buyers at the European Film Market. No production schedule for Girls Night Out has been announced.