A Storm in the Stars shoots in Ireland and Luxembourg
by Naman Ramachandran
- Douglas Booth, Elle Fanning, Tom Sturridge in cast of Haifaa Al Mansour film
Award winning Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda [+see also:
film profile]) has concluded the Irish segment of the principal photography on A Storm in the Stars and the production has now moved to Luxembourg. Written by Emma Jensen and Conor McPherson, the film tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, author of Frankenstein, and her tempestuous relationship with the poet Percy Shelley.
Mary and Percy declare their love for each other and much to her family’s horror they elope, joined by Mary’s half sister Claire. At Lord Byron’s house at Lake Geneva the idea of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all houseguests to write a ghost story.
The cast includes Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa [+see also:
film profile]), Douglas Booth (The Riot Club [+see also:
film profile]), Tom Sturridge (Far From the Madding Crowd [+see also:
film profile]), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out [+see also:
film profile]), Stephen Dillane (Papadopoulos & Sons [+see also:
film profile]) and Maisie Williams (The Falling [+see also:
interview: Carol Morley
Amy Baer of US outfit Gidden Media (Last Vegas) is producing alongside Ruth Coady (The Food Guide to Love [+see also:
film profile]) and Alan Moloney of the UK’s Parallel Films (Jadotville) along with co-producer David Grumbach of Luxembourg’s Juliette Films (The Brand New Testament [+see also:
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile]). Financing is from the Irish Film Board, the British Film Institute and the Luxembourg Film Fund along with HanWay, who will also handle the films international sales. UTA Independent Film Group will co-represent the US rights with HanWay.