Back in April we reported that Elle Fanning was set to star in musical “God Help the Girl”, the passion project of Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of indie folk band Belle and Sebastian, and a film that had taken three years to cast after an extensive international search.
Bleeding Cool now reports that just three months later, Fanning has had to leave the cast, presumably due to filming clashes with the Disney production Maleficent, and British newcomer Hannah Murray has taken on the role of Cass instead.
“God Help The Girl” follows a young woman named Eve who drops out of college and works a mundane job while dreaming of becoming a singer/songwriter. Olly Alexander, who was also cast back in Aprl, will play James, Eve’s guitarist accompaniment. Murray will play a young aspiring guitar player named Cass, who James mentors and who tags along with the duo to their various gigs.
Bleeding Cool also reports that Australian favourite Emily Browning has been cast as Eve, which is great news as Eve is the aspiring singer/songwriter and anyone who has listened to the “Sucker Punch” soundtrack knows how wonderful Browning’s voice is.
Murdoch has written the script and will make his directorial debut when “God Help the Girl” begins filming this month on location in Glasgow.
Well known for her role in the acclaimed UK series “Skins”, this could be a big break for Murray whose big screen credits are limited, with a small role in the latest Tim Burton film “Dark Shadows” and a turn in the yet-to-be-released “The Numbers Station” with Malin Akerman. And it’s a welcome change of pace for Browning, who has often chosen highly sexualised and extreme characters in films such as “Sleeping Beauty“. Browning has recently wrapped filming on the British romance film “Summer in February” and is set to head straight into filming “Plush” with Cam Gigandet and Catherine Hardwicke once filming on “God Help The Girl” is finished.