Dakota Fanning replaces Saoirse Ronan in Effie

Posted by: Kristy Sturdivant

The upcoming film EFFIE, which will be directed by Richard Laxton, looks to have undergone some casting changes. The title character was originally to be played by Saoirse Ronan but due to an interesting conflict with the screenplay, she has had to back out due to scheduling conflicts and will now be replaced by Dakota Fanning.

The film EFFIE is based on a true story about Victorian artist John Ruskin and his wife Effie Gray. Ruskin had been passionately in love with Effie for quite some time and married her when she was just 17 years old. However, when they went to bed together on their wedding night something about Gray disgusted Ruskin so much that she remained a virgin until they were divorced and she remarried. It’s never been fully confirmed what exactly reviled Ruskin so much, but playwright George Murphy wrote a play about the incident in 1999 called “The Countess”. When he discovered that Emma Thompson (who wrote the screenplay) was doing a similar story, he got a little huffy and got legal counsel to stop the production of the film. While it didn’t stop production, it did delay it enough to where there were some casting changes.

It looks like the film is now back in the swing of things and is set to start filming in October.  EFFIE will be directed by Richard Laxton with a cast that includes: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Tom Sturridge, Greg Wise and Imelda Staunton. Look for it to hit theaters sometime next year.

Dakota Fanning can be seen next in TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 which hits theaters on November 18, 2011.

Dakota Fanning

Source: Deadline

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