Dakota and Elle Fanning are keeping it in the family by both signing up to star in the adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s 2015 novel ‘The Nightingale’.

The film will follow the story of two estranged sisters coming of age in France on the eve of World War II and tells of their struggle to survive the German occupation of France. The story is inspired by the courageous women of the French Resistance who helped downed Allied airmen escape Nazi-occupied territory and hid Jewish children.

Melanie Laurent will direct from a script by Dana Stevens.

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“‘The Nightingale’ will be the first time we act on screen together. We have played the same character at different ages but have never spoken to each other in front of a camera”. Stated the sisters “For years, we have looked for a film to do with one another and then this gem appeared. As sisters, to share our artistry with each other while bringing such a powerful sister story to life is a dream come true. We are so lucky to have our fearless director, Melanie Laurent, to guide us along on the journey. Let’s do this, sister!!”

This will be the first time the sisters have appeared on-screen together even though they both starred in the Steven Spielberg created 2002 series ‘Taken’. Dakota played a child with exceptional abilities born out of 3 generations of Alien abductions and co-habiting which make her part Alien. Elle played the same character but at an earlier age.

Filming is due to commence in the spring.