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.
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Dakota Fanning Replaces Saoirse Ronan as ‘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 Gray was released October 2014.

Sources:Deadline

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  • jasonkat • 4 years ago

    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

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    • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

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

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      • jasonkat • 4 years ago

        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

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        • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

          @jasonkat Her role in Hannah was great.

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          • jasonkat • 4 years ago

            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.

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            • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 4 years ago

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

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              • grond29 • 4 years ago

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

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                • dan1 • 4 years ago

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

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                  • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                    Emma Thompson wrote it so I'm sold.

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                    • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

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

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                      • darksektor1971 • 4 years ago

                        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!

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