Bel Powley Joins A Storm in the Stars with Elle Fanning


a storm in the starsBel Powley was one of the breakout stars from this year’s Sundance Film Festival for her starring role in Marielle Heller’s adaptation of the coming-of-age graphic novel, Diary of a Teenage Girl. After being picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for $2 million, it just opened Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films this past week.

Now Variety reports that she will be joining Elle Fanning in the literary romance A Storm in the Stars about the tumultuous relationship between the poet Percy Shelley with the 18-year-old Mary Godwin that led her to write “Frankenstein.” 

Powley will play Claire Claremont, Mary’s stepsister who contributes to the problems in the relationship between her and Percy when she moves in with them.

Based on the screenplay by Emma Jensen, the film will be directed by Haifa Al-Mansour, the female Saudi filmmaker whose previous film Wadjda was selected by Saudi Arabia as its Oscar entry. 

(This project shouldn’t be confused with Mary Shelley’s Monster, another biopic about the famed author starring “Game of Thrones'” Sophie Turner and Taissa Farmiga.)

Powley will also be seen in the upcoming A Royal Night Out with Sarah Gadon, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett and Emily Watson and will also appear in Drake Dorms’ science fiction drama Equals alongside Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver.

Producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media stated: “Bel is fearless and immensely talented. She immediately understood Claire – a complicated young woman who struggled in the shadow of her stepsister.”

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