Elle Fanning Also Starring in Glasgow-Set Musical 'God Help the Girl'

April 10, 2012
Source: Variety

Elle Fanning

It's very interesting to watch the career of Elle Fanning. She's already worked with J.J. Abrams, Cameron Crowe, David Fincher, Francis Ford Coppola all by age 14, who's next? Variety reports on another role she's taking in a musical set in Glasgow, Scotland titled God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. The project, which has been in the works since late 2003, will also star English actor Olly Alexander, seen in Enter the Void and Gulliver's Travels. If you're familiar with Murdoch's 2009 album "God Help the Girl" or the Kickstarter, then you may already know about this.

The film is being produced by Barry Mendel, but earned over $120,000 in funding through Kickstarter (their page). Olly Alexander will play James, a cynical guitarist who accompanies Eve's singing and becomes a mentor to Cass (Fanning), an American teen who tags alongside the duo as she learns to play the guitar. The role of Eve has not been cast yet. Murdoch, making his directorial debut with this, conceived of the project when he wrote songs in 2003 that had a "girl group" sound, which lead to the 2009 album "God Help the Girl" (on iTunes). The album is the "precursor to the film", with Catherine Ireton singing as Eve.

The God Help the Girl feature is finally set to start shooting in Glasgow in June, "just weeks before Fanning shoots Disney's Maleficent with Angelina Jolie." Sounds like it'll be fun. If you're hooked already, check out that Kickstarter page for more info. We'll definitely keep an eye out for this little project coming up, too.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Sounds boring, but I'm glad her career has allowed her to pursue passion projects in addition to studio features.

peloquin on Apr 11, 2012


I'm glad she's doing a different genre with every movie, so she'll avoid getting typecast. I can't wait to hear her sing I'm sure she has a great voice! I'm not a musical fan, but I'm gonna check this out for sure.

Davide Coppola on Apr 11, 2012

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