EXCLUSIVE: British actor Ben Hardy has joined the cast of director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Storm In The Stars opposite Elle Fanning, Bel Powley and Douglas Booth. The project is a dramatization of the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft — which resulted in Mary writing Frankenstein. Amy Baer of Gidden Media (Last Vegas) and Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films produce from a script by Emma Jensen. Joanne Burstein and Rebecca Miller serve as exec producers.
The film reps Al-Mansour’s first English-language feature after her Saudi Arabian-set and -shot debut Wadjda wowed critics and audiences. Hanway Films is handling international sales with UTA, which reps Al-Mansour and helped package and structure the financing on behalf of the producers, representing North American rights to the film.
Hardy will next appear as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse later this year. He is repped by WME, the UK’s Creative Artists Management and Untitled.