Elle Fanning and Olly Alexander topline musical “God Help the Girl” from Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch

April 10, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 1981 Views

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At only 13 years old, Elle Fanning has already tackled comedy, drama, horror and action on the big screen, and now it looks like she’ll give musicals a try. Variety reports the younger Fanning sister – move over, Dakota – is in negotiations to star in musical “God Help the Girl”, the passion project of Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of indie folk band Belle and Sebastian. Additionally, British rising star Olly Alexander is joining the cast as well. Both young thesps were cast after an extensive international search that spanned 3 years.

The film has long been in the works since 2003 when Murdoch wrote some “girl group” sounding songs that eventually led to the release of a concept album of the same name. The story follows a young woman named Eve who drops out of college and works a mundane job while dreaming of becoming a singer/songwriter. Alexander will play James, Eve’s guitarist accompaniment while Fanning will play a young aspiring guitar player named Cass, who James mentors and who tags along with the duo to their various gigs. The female lead of Eve has not been cast but presumably will not be played by singer Catherine Ireton, who sang Eve’s songs on the concept album. Murdoch has written the script and will make his directorial debut when “God Help the Girl” begins filming in June on location in Glasgow.

Alexander’s screen credits have been piling up and include Jane Campion’s “Bright Star”, “Enter the Void” and Mike Newell’s upcoming “Great Expectations”, in which he plays Herbert Pocket opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip. Fanning won raves for her performance as a small town girl and budding young actress in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s alien adventure caper “Super 8″ and went just about 180 in the opposite direction in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” Another altogether different performance showed up in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo”, and she most recently wrapped up playing a 1960s peace-loving flower child in British family drama “Bomb.” Immediately following “God Help the Girl” she’ll go head to head with Angelina Jolie as she plays Sleeping Beauty to Jolie’s “Maleficent.”


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