Elle Fanning is Young 'Frankenstein' Author in 'A Storm in the Stars'
The work of author Mary Shelley is known around the world, because she's responsible for writing the classic monster tale Frankenstein. But her own story hasn't been told on the big screen at all until now. THR reports Super 8 and Maleficent star Elle Fanning will lead A Storm in the Stars, a period romance from Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour that will follow he passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who hadn't yet taken the surname of her lover. Fanning will play Mary as she discovers young love at a time when she felt like an outcast.
Mary was known for being well-educated and intellectual, but would gain fame for writing the genre fiction we all know today. This is a great project for Al-Mansour, the first female filmmaker to come from Saudi Arabia, very familiar with being a fish out of water in her own culture as a woman on the rise creatively and professionally. Right now the film is still locking down financing, but is hoping to being production in 2015. This sounds like the kind of sleeper drama that could be an indie hit or could end up getting some awards season love if it's released at the right time. Stay tuned for more.