Following a long casting search that spanned the globe, “Super 8” star 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 Sebastian.
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.
Project 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 be cast.
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 guitar.
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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.
Fanning, who was last seen in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo,” recently wrapped Sally Potter’s “Bomb,” which co-stars Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks.
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.