The greatest romance of her life inspired her darkest creation. That’s the tag for the new IFC Films release about Frankenstein author Mary Shelley’s tumultuous life, which has a May 25 theatrical debut in New York and Los Angeles after bowing at the Toronto Film Festival and with a Tribeca Film Festival screening coming. VOD follows on June 1.
Young Shelley had a life that seems torn from a novel of the era. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her in the care of a political philosopher father who was somewhat free-wheeling. Then there was the romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which caused a family disruption, and her life as a political radical and advocate for social change.
Director Haifaa al-Mansour is the latest to tackle this compelling story, offering a look that focuses on her teen years and the budding romance with Shelley. Elle Fanning plays the title role, with Douglas Boothe as Percy Bysshe Shelley and supporting cast including Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, Jack Hickey, Joanna Froggatt, Ben Hardy, and Stephen Dillane.
The film was written by Emma Jensen and al-Mansour, and produced by Amy Baer, Alan Moloney, and Ruth Coady.
See the trailer above.