Sophie Turner Slated to Lead Second, Youthful Mary Shelley Project
by Ethan Anderton
August 13, 2014
Earlier this month, we got word that Super 8 star Elle Fanning was going to 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 and gone on to become the iconic author of horror classic Frankenstein. And because Hollywood likes things in pairs, there's another project about Mary Shelley in the works as Deadline reports on a film called Mary Shelley's Monster, which will star "Game of Thrones" regular Sophie Turner.
This isn't really a period romance or drama like A Storm in the Stars as producer Rose Ganguzza says this is "the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way." She makes it sounds like Mary Shelley is at the center of a Twilight movie. The producer goes on to say "Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”
This film about Shelley focuses on the writer as she works on the seminal novel and begins dealing with her own demons, an alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on her life. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") also star in the film as Percy Shelley and the author's step-sister Claire Clairmont, respectively. The film comes from Coky Giedroyc, director of episodes of "The Killing" and "Penny Dreadful," so we're not sure what to expect from him as a feature filmmaker. And we're also not sure we need two stories about Mary Shelley so close together. This trend is getting annoying.
I'll be very interested to see how Turner's career pans out. In GAME OF THRONES, she hasn't really had any opportunity to show her metal yet. This sounds like something she can really sink her teeth into though.
DAVIDPD on Aug 13, 2014
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