IFC Films released the official trailer for its upcoming film, “Mary Shelley.”
The film tells the story of Mary Shelley, author of the Gothic novel, “Frankenstein.” But, more than a simple story of a writer, “Mary Shelley” delves into the affair that led to her writing what is considered one of the greatest horror novels ever published.
Elle Fanning stars in the title role. At just 19, Fanning has already appeared in nearly 60 onscreen projects. Her first was playing the younger version of her sister Dakota’s character in the Oscar-nominated film, “I Am Sam.” She also played the younger version of Dakota’s character in the 2002 miniseries “Taken.” The younger Fanning went on to a prosperous career in her own right. She has appeared in films including “Babel,” “Super 8,” “20th Century Women,” and “The Neon Demon.” Last year, she starred in Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” alongside Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. She will soon be seen in the sci fi/romantic comedy “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” and later this year with Peter Dinklage in “I Think We’re Alone Now.”
Douglas Booth stars as Mary’s husband, Percy Shelley. The story goes that Percy was also a writer and that the couple was friends with Lord Byron and John Polidori. The four of them had something of a bet over who could write the best horror story. Booth starred as Pip in the Emmy Award winning miniseries “Great Expectations” in 2013. He also appeared in “Jupiter Ascending,” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Last year, he voiced Armand Roulin in the Oscar nominated animated feature “Loving Vincent.”
“Mary Shelley” also stars Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Stephen Dillane (“Darkest Hour”), Ben Hardy (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Tom Sturridge (“Song to Song”), and Bel Powley (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”).
The film was directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. She is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, which is a significant achievement for the region. Her film, “Wadjda,” was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language. She and that film were nominated for a total of 34 awards from around the festivals and foreign awards. It was chosen as Saudi Arabia’s official selection for the Academy Awards, but was not nominated.
Al-Mansour contributed additional writing to the script, but the majority of the writing credit goes to Emma Jensen who has worked on short films including “The Ghan” and “Creating Fortune.”
IFC Films will release “Mary Shelley” in New York and Los Angeles on May 25, and On Demand on June 1.