Julia Stiles joins Mary Pickford biopic

Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt star in 'The First'

Julia Stiles has joined the cast of Mary Pickford biopic “The First” opposite Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins.

Stiles will play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century. She won Oscars for “The Big House” and “The Champ” and collaborated on numerous projects with Pickford.

Director Jennifer DeLia and producer Julie Pacino of Poverty Row Entertainment are currently in Berlin to take meetings for “The First,” in addition to talking with international distributors for Poverty Row tile “Billy Bates,” starring James Wirt.

Pacino and Said Zahraoui are producing will produce along with co-producer Dominick Fairbanks (grandson of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr and great grandson to Douglas Fairbanks) and his U.K.-based Fairbanks Productions. Josh Fagin scripted “The First,” based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.”

Poverty Row plans to start lensing later this year with the roles of Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, Jack Pickford (Mary’s brother), Charlotte Hennessy (Mary’s mother) and Lillian Gish cast.

Stiles is in “Silver Linings Playbook” and will shoot “Aguar Rojas,” a Jonathan King/Participant film. She recently finished shooting John Crowley’s “Closed Circuit” for Focus.

Stiles is repped by ICM Partners.

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