Elle Fanning going with 'God Help the Girl'
Elle Fanning and "Enter the Void" thesp Olly Alexander are in
negotiations to topline "God Help the Girl," a Glasgow-set musical
written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer of Belle and
Barry Mendel is producing through his Barry Mendel Prods.
banner. Carole Sheridan of Glasgow-based Singer Films is also producing
with Chris Curling and Phil Robertson of London-based Zephyr Films.
began in late 2003 when Murdoch started writing a few songs that had a
'girl group' sound. The songs led to the concept album "God Help the
Girl," which was released in 2009 as a precursor to the film. Catherine
Ireton sang the 'part' of Eve, the pic's main character, who has yet to
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
Producers raised more than $100,000 in financing on
Kickstarter, and London-based sales agent HanWay Films will handle
international sales when it begins shopping the project at Cannes.
Production is skedded to start in Glasgow in June, just weeks before
Fanning shoots Disney's "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie.
who was last seen in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo," recently
wrapped Sally Potter's "Bomb," which co-stars Annette Bening and
Alexander is an up-and-coming Brit thesp who
currently stars opposite Greta Gerwig in the indie "The Dish & the
Spoon," which he and Gerwig both had a hand in writing. His other
feature credits include Jane Campion's "Bright Star," Gaspar Noe's
"Enter the Void" and the 20th Century Fox comedy "Gulliver's Travels."
WME reps Alexander and Fanning, who is also repped by One Talent Management.