LONDON – Dakota Fanning starrer “Effie Gray,” which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film. The U.S. distributor is due to be revealed on Oct. 9.
The film, which is directed by Richard Laxton, explores the true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It reps Fanning’s first adult starring role as Effie.
Other thesps in the film include Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet and Greg Wise.
The film is produced by Andreas Roald and Donald Rosenfeld, former president of Merchant Ivory Prods., whose credits include “The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.”
“Effie Gray” was filmed in the Scottish Highlands, London, and Venice, Italy. Andrew Dunn (“Gosford Park,” “The Madness of King George”) is the cinematographer, and two-time Academy Award nominated Ruth Myers (“L.A. Confidential,” “Emma”) designed the costumes. Paul Cantelon (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) composed the score.