HanWay Films set Douglas Booth (Noah) to star as poet Percy Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s A Storm in the Stars. He joins Elle Fanning and Bel Powley. Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, made waves with her critically acclaimed debut, Wadjda. Production starts this fall, as a European co-production with HanWay introducing the project to buyers this Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group helped package and structure the financing on behalf of the producers, and will be representing North American rights to the film.
Amy Baer of Gidden Media (Last Vegas) and Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films a fresh take on the unconventional life of 18 year-old Mary Shelley, from a script by Emma Jensen. Joanne Burstein and Rebecca Miller serve as Executive Producers. The film charts Mary’s tempestuous love affair with charismatic poet Percy Shelley, her notorious trip to Lake Geneva with Lord Byron and the rocky road that made her into an icon.
Amy Baer, Gidden Media, says “Douglas Booth is such a talented and charismatic young actor; he will be magnificent opposite Elle. And I have such respect for the taste and track record of Thorsten, Claire and Chiara at HanWay. They are great partners and I’m thrilled that they will be representing this film at Cannes.”
Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director of HanWay Films, added “We’re thrilled to be working with Haifaa Al-Mansour, Amy Baer and this wonderful cast of young actors on A Storm in the Stars. Haifaa’s film, Wadjda, was a deeply moving and assured debut feature, and we feel she’s the perfect director to bring life to Mary’s incredible and colourful story.” Booth is repped by UTA and Curtis Brown in the UK and 3 Arts. Al-Mansour is UTA and Anonymous, Fanning is repped by WME and Echo Lake and Bel Powley by UTA, and BWH Agency in the UK and Schachter/Brown.