The first pictures showing Elle’s transformation for her role in Three Generations have appeared as she was filming some scenes for the film on yesterday. You can see the pictures in the gallery!
Elle Fanning has been cast as a transgender teenage boy in a new film. The 16-year-old actress – sister to Dakota Fanning – has been cast alongside Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts in indie drama Three Generations, which will follow Fanning’s character Ray as he transitions to male.
Watts will play Ray’s mother Maggie, who is struggling to cope with the transition, while Sarandon will in turn play Maggie’s mother – who is in a lesbian relationship. The film has attracted criticism from some transgender rights advocates for casting a cisgender (non-trans) actress in the role, instead of hiring a trans actor to play the part.
Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club received similar criticism when Jared Leto was cast as a transgender woman, as did Amazon’s drama Transparent for casting Jeffrey Tambor. Jill Solloway, the creator of Transparent, has committed to hiring a transgender writer for the show’s second season, conceding: “No matter what we did, we were always going to be otherising Maura in some way.
“And in the same way where I wouldn’t want a man to say, ‘I can have a writers room full of men and we can write women just fine’ – I can’t say that I can create a show about a trans woman and not have a trans woman writing for me.
“It’s absolutely necessary, and it’s gonna change the show.”
Filming is set to begin on Three Generations this month in New York, and it is tipped for a 2015 release.
Looking gorgeous in Marchesa, Elle attended the premiere of Low Down at ArcLight Hollywood in Hollywood, California earlier today, You can check the pictures in the gallery!
LOW DOWN is released this Friday in New York. Starring Elle Fanning along with Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes and Glenn Close. Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds. You can check out the trailer here (we have added screencaps to the gallery here) and more info at the official website: www.lowdownfilm.com
Elle kept up with her promotion of Young Ones by appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 9th. You can see a couple of clips below, and the pictures of Elle arriving and leaving the Ed Sullivan theater at the gallery!
028 x Candids > 2014 > October 9th – Outside her hotel
038 x Candids > 2014 > October 9th – Arriving to the Ed Sullivan Theater
070 x Candids > 2014 > October 9th – Leaving the Late Show with David Letterman
Elle attended the 37th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival Spotlight Program featuring a screening of the film Low Down at Rafael Film Center on October 4, 2014 in San Rafael, California. You can see the pictures in the gallery: