Dakota Fanning & Elizabeth Olsen Will Be a Couple 'Very Good Girls'
by Ethan Anderton
January 23, 2012
Currently actress Elizabeth Olsen (who made a big splash at Sundance last year with Martha Marcy May Marlene) is back at the festival in Josh Radnor's sophomore effort Liberal Arts (look for our review over the next couple days), but next she'll team up with another young talented actress. Deadline has word that Olsen will join Dakota Fanning in Very Good Girls, a film that sounds like it was tailor made for the festival circuit, following two lifelong best friends in the summer after their high school graduation, when they are both determined to lose their virginity as a rite of passage into the adult world. More below!
However, the two girls fall in love with the same boy (played by Anton Yelchin) and their task creates many complications and emotional speed bumps in each of their lives. The film will mark the directing debut of screenwriter Naomi Foner, the woman behind the script for films like Losing Isaiah and Bee Season. She says, "The film deals with female sexuality and friendship in a way we haven’t seen before. 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." It's exactly the kind of coming-of-age story I find myself loving at Sundance, and considering Olsen's profile at the fest, I'm sure it will show up there.