A new biopic chronicling the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley is being shopped at the European Film Market in Berlin this week, and the producers have delivered a first look at Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, Super 8) as the lovely gothic horror writer.
Directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda), this atmospheric indie film tells the tale of Shelley's blossoming romance with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the events that lead to her penning the gothic horror classic about an ambitious scientist who creates a living, thinking being from stitched-together corpses. Shelley's name was absent from Frankenstein when it was first published in 1818 and later added as more editions were printed.
Also starring Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge, Mary Shelley hopes to find a suitor for distribution at this international marketplace. (And if you're interested in the subject matter, Ken Russell's unsettling 1986 horror flick, Gothic, starring Natasha Richardson, Gabriel Byrne and Julian Sands, chronicles Mary's night of creative inspiration in the director's deliciously decadent and bizarre style.)
Have a look at Elle Fanning kicking back on the tombstone of Mary Shelley's mother and tell us if you think she's a perfect specimen for the part.
(via Bloody Disgusting)