Elle Fanning To Star In Feature Adaptation Of Kevin Henkes Novel ‘Olive’s Ocean’

EXCLUSIVE: Elle Fanning will star in Olive’s Ocean, a feature adaptation of the Kevin Henkes young adult novel that was optioned by producer Donald Rosenfeld. Christina Hammonds Reed, a Nicholl Fellowship finalist, has been set to write the screenplay. Andreas Roald and Celestia Fox will produce alongside Rosenfeld.

She will play a teen who goes on a summer of soul searching after discovering that a classmate who recently died in a tragic accident had secretly hoped to become her friend. Henkes won the 2004 Newbury Honor for this book. Fanning is currently in production on Disney’s Maleficent, opposite Angelina Jolie. She will next be seen starring in Sally Potter’s Ginger And Rosa, which has its world premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival. She most recently starred in the J.J. Abrams-directed Super 8 and the Cameron Crowe-helmed We Bought A Zoo.

The movie, which will cost about $11 million and be financed through private equity, came about because of Rosenfeld’s experience with Elle Fanning’s sister, Dakota. He produced Effie, the film that was scripted by Emma Thompson and directed by Richard Laxton, with Dakota Fanning playing the title role of Effie Gray, the teen bride of Victorian art critic John Ruskin. While on set, Rosenfeld asked her sister Elle what her favorite book was, and when she answered Olive’s Ocean, that started the process. “I haven’t worked with a more dedicated actor than Dakota and can’t wait to work with Elle,” Rosenfeld said. “There is such talent, they are young but they are old souls.” Elle Fanning is repped by WME and One Talent Management.

Comments (31)

  • Elle Fanning was awful in Super 8.

    Comment by Jack — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 5:22pm PDT  
    • If you really believe that then you know absolutely nothing about acting.

      Comment by David — Friday August 17, 2012 @ 3:53pm PDT  
  • Jack: you are dead wrong. Fanning was brilliant in Super 8

    Comment by standford — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:30pm PDT  
  • EllE is beautiful! A truly talented actress and stole our hearts in super 8 !

    Comment by margaux — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:34pm PDT  
  • Elle was amazing in Super 8. That moment when we first meet our young leading lady (both in the movie and in the movie within the movie) when she pulls up in the car she has “stolen” from her dad (she’s a twelve year old)takes our breath away.

    Comment by Phil — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:50pm PDT  
  • Elle Fanning is beautiful and engaging. I remember watching an interview with W on youtube and she looks down for a second before looking up at the camera. She manages to pull you in without even trying. The girl most certainly takes your breath away.

    Comment by Mick — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 10:49pm PDT  
  • Elle Fanning is One part veronica lake and 3 parts faye dunaway and 6 parts a total Original! She is the most exciting thing to happen to movies in 25 years!

    Comment by alan — Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 11:19pm PDT  
  • She was awful in Super 8. She was wooden and emotionless and does have the depth her sister has shown.

    Comment by JJ — Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 6:35am PDT  
  • Dakota is a real movie star. Plus you can see her depth and intelligence in every performance.
    Elle was good in Sophia Copola movie for such a young actress. Haven’t seen Super 8 … didn’t think the trailer looked any good.

    Comment by Claudia — Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 7:30am PDT  
  • Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning are Superstars! who cares about 8mm, lets be honest : both Sisters are great great Beauties and Major Talents. Jj and jack go after those Olsen twins not the fannings

    Comment by oswaldo — Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 8:17am PDT  
    • I cannot imagine a better pair than the brilliant Kevin Henkes and the gifted beauty Elle Fanning. Perfect!

      Comment by emma — Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:05am PDT  
  • Yay to Christina Hammonds Reed! SUCH a great writer!

    Comment by Melissa Rundle — Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 8:18am PDT  
    • So do you know Christina Hammonds Reed? And do you have some information about when they start shooting the film? Because I haven’t found any news about it.

      Comment by Pedro — Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT  
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