First Look: Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon'
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2015
Don't worry, the first look photos for The Neon Demon do actually have neon in them. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Nicolas Winding Refn film, right? The first two photos for Refn's next feature, The Neon Demon, have hit the web just as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off today. But he's not showing the film there just yet, they're just drumming up some early buzz while in production now. Nicolas Winding Refn's cast this time includes Elle Fanning as the star, Jesse, a youthful model, along with Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves. These first two photos are only Fanning (and Refn) so far, but I'm sure we'll see more from this film soon enough.
The synopsis is: When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. However, SlashFilm adds that The Neon Demon is actually inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed. "During her reign of terror 400 years ago, she racked up enough kills to be considered the most prolific female murderer who ever lived. Legend has it she bathed in the blood of virgins to keep herself beautiful." One of the people desperate to take her youth is Sarah (Abbey Lee), the "cool ringleader" who wants to devour Jesse in the film. Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon isn't set to premiere until 2016.