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ELLE FANNING - COMING OF AGE By Frank Ariveso Seven years after Somewhere helped turned Elle Fanning into a rising Hollywood star, the lithe blonde actress has re-teamed with director Sofia Coppola on The Beguiled. Selected for the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is another leap forward in Fanning’s transition to adult roles. She’s also excited about working again with Coppola and being part of an all-star cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst. “Sofia and I have been friends since I was 11 and I worked on Somewhere,” Fanning says. “It’s really exciting to work with her again because we’ve been looking for another project and finally it happened.” Somewhere is a remake of the original 1971 Clint Eastwood Civil War drama about a wounded soldier (played by Farrell, taking over the Eastwood role) from the North forced to hide out in a girls’ school in the South; the Coppola version promises to be a highly combustible drama. Fanning has hinted that there will be plenty of bodice-ripping scenes. “There’s lots of sex in this movie,” says Fanning. Though she may only have just turned 19, Fanning carries herself with the poise and assurance of a veteran performer, which makes sense as she has spent much of her young life on film sets, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Dakota. As articulate as she is beautiful, Elle speaks in a lively but serious manner, and it’s a bold understatement to say that she’s wise beyond her years. Fanning made a breakthrough of sorts in last year’s macabre Nicolas Winding Refn horror flick, The Neon Demon (which also made headlines at last year’s Cannes festival). Her stunning performance proved that she was ready to take on highly complex and demanding roles, and her subsequent appearances in this year’s Live by Night and Certain Women confirmed as much. Having already forged an impressive career that includes Babel, (2006), Benjamin Button (2008), Ginger and Rosa (2012) and Maleficent (2014), the tall (5’9”) and ethereally beautiful Fanning is only beginning to test her seemingly limitless potential as the next big thing in the film world. Later this year she will be seen in the indie drama, Sydney Hall.

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