The first look at Elle Fanning as English novelist, Mary Shelley, who is best known for the Gothic novel Frankenstein, has emerged via The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is currently under offer to buyers from Hanway at the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale.

At the tender age of just 18 (19 come April), Elle Fanning has just been seen in an appearance in the sinister yet beautiful trailer for the upcoming The Beguiled alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. She eems to have surpassed her elder sister, Dakota Fanning, through numerous projects which have not only gained critical acclaim (read our review of The Neon Demon here) but has many flocking to have her lead their pictures. Most recently we have seen her in Live by Night alongside Ben Affleck and just last week saw the release of 20th Century Women.

In the image Elle Fanning is lost deep in her thoughts whilst propped up against a gravestone, which states her unmarried name of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, in the middle of a cemetery, trying to find her inspiration to write whatever piece she is scribbling at that moment.

Elle Fanning First Look Image as Mary Shelley

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The film was co-written and directed by the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, Haifaa Al-Mansour, who found fame with Wadjda. The story of Mary Shelley centres on the love affair between poet Percy Shelley, played by Douglas Booth (The Riot Club, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

Produced by Amy Baer (Last Vegas) and Ruth Coady (Albert Nobbs), and starring Alongside Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth on the cast you will find Game of Thrones, Arya Stark, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, A Royal Night Out), Joanna Froggatt (Downtown Abbey, A Street Cat Named Bob) and Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown, Far From The Madding Crowd.

  • A, Edin

    The background on this looks very interesting.