Dakota Fanning Replaces Saoirse Ronan as 'Effie'

The actress will portray the teenager who married a London critic in the 1850s, then ended up falling for his protege.
Dakota Fanning will star in Effie
Dakota Fanning will star in Effie
Actress Dakota Fanning has signed on for the title role in Effie, a part which Saoirse Ronan was previously circling.

Effie tells the tale of Euphemia "Effie" Gray, a teenager who married famed London art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in the 1850s. The marriage turned out to be a disaster, though, with Ruskin refusing to consummate the marriage to his young bride. Even though Effie was considered gorgeous, Ruskin was somehow repulsed by her body. Effie eventually turned her affections to Ruskin's protege, John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).

Emma Thompson wrote the original screenplay and will portray Lady Eastlake, who took young Effie under her wing. Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi will portray Effie's parents and Edward Fox is in talks to play Lady Eastlake's husband, Sir Charles Eastlake, an esteemed patron of the Royal Academy.

Richard Laxton is directing Effie from Emma Thompson's script, which is scheduled to start production on October 17 in Scotland, London, and Venice.

Effie was released in 2012 and stars Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox. The film is directed by Richard Laxton.



Sources: Deadline

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Comments (11)

  1. JasonKat

    I never knew that girl from super 8, was her lil sis. (fanny's) she looks older, and she is so pretty. or umm "CUTE" im suprise this fanning didnt steal her sis's role. lol.
    Chloe Moretz is my fav tho. she sure can kick ass, lmfao

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jasonkat Lol yeah. Lovely Bones was well done. Can't believe the critics hated it so much

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. JasonKat

    yea hanna was great too! but the lonvly bones was the 1st 1 i saw, im kinda hoping she starts making more movies like fanning, hopfully not together, lol unless its 1 of those movies where 1 of em is a killer, kinda like the roommate, lol

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jasonkat Her role in Hannah was great.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. JasonKat

    war of the world? dude go watch 'trapped" she was like a baby in that1, then "man on fire" sumhow it sems like she got older in "runaways" which i thought was a stupid movie.
    the 1st time i saw Saoirse Ronan, in lovley bones, i fell in love and YES that way, lol this girl can act, and is so perfect at making a dull movie, be good. i dunno why she got replaced but its ok. lets c if fannin can bring it and make that movie good. good luck.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    It would've been a lot better with Saoirse Ronan, if you ask me.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. GROND29

    @dan1 I agree, saw Super 8 yesterday and Elle's performance was fantastic!

    3 years agoby @grond29Flag

  8. Dan

    I like her younger sister better. No, not in that way.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. moviegeek

    Emma Thompson wrote it so I'm sold.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    She may be taller, but she still looks like a child

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. darksektor1971

    last night i was watching WAR OF THE WORLDS and man....how people change in so little time...she's a really good actress and a really cute girl...way to go girl!

    3 years agoby @darksektor1971Flag