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It has been confirmed that Hannah Murray (Skins) will replace her. You can read the whole article here
Stuart Murdoch’s long time coming God Help the Girl is on the verge of finally becoming a reality. A small-scale musical romance set in Glasgow, the film is said to fuse FrançoisTruffaut with Bill Forsythe, and knowing to the album of songs that was already released, I can more than believe it. Murdoch was the chief songwriter at Belle & Sebastian, and while this will be his first work as a filmmaker, he’s already displayed strong storytelling instincts in his lyrics.
After some open casting calls, and a Kickstarted campaign to beef up the budget, we heard back in July that Elle Fanning had taken the lead role in the film. She’d be playing Cass, alongside Olly Alexander as James. This left the third lead, Eve, unfilled.
Now, the talent agency of sometime Skins actress Hannah Murray have updated her CV , revealing that she’s now been cast in the role of Cass “alongside Emily Browning and Olly Alexander.”
It seems likely, then, that Fanning has had to withdraw, and almost as likely that it’s down to a clash with Maleficent, the big budget Disney picture in which she’s plain Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty.
Luckily, Murray has a similar look- she’s on the right in the image above. And almost as odd a coincidence, I guess, is that she played a character called Cassie in Skins, too.
For her part, Browning also has Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush in the pipeline, though that’s expected to get rolling a little afterGod Help the Girl will have wrapped.
Its odd that the role of Cass was said to be an American, while now Eve will be played by the overseas performer – Browning is from Oz. Perhaps Variety‘s initial report had the roles switched; perhaps Cass will now be a Brit, or Eve an Australian; or perhaps none of the female leads will get to do their own accent.
Any which way it falls, Eve is the foremost of the three characters and gets more songs to sing. Browning recorded some songs for the Sucker Punch soundtrack if you want a preview of how she might fare.
It’s definitely a promising cast. I like Browning a great deal, Alexander is building up a strong portfolio and this will be Murray’s chance to step up, nicely.
Production on the film is just about to get into full swing in Glasgow. I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground for more.
Canada 11 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Italy 2 December 2011 (Turin Film Festival)
France 25 January 2012 (Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival)
Belgium 11 April 2012
France 11 April 2012
Russia 26 April 2012
Sweden 20 June 2012 (DVD premiere)
(no release dates yet)
A pure life
(no release dates yet)
God Help the Girl
USA 14 March 2014
Barry Mendel is producing through his Barry Mendel Prods. banner. Carole Sheridan of Glasgow-based Singer Films is also producing with Chris Curling and Phil Robertson of London-based Zephyr Films.
Project began in late 2003 when Murdoch started writing a few songs that had a ‘girl group’ sound. The songs led to the concept album “God Help the Girl,” which was released in 2009 as a precursor to the film. Catherine Ireton sang the ‘part’ of Eve, the pic’s main character, who has yet to be cast.
Alexander will play James, a cynical guitarist who accompanies Eve’s singing and becomes a mentor to Cass (Fanning), an American teen who tags alongside the duo as she learns to play the guitar.
Producers raised more than $100,000 in financing on Kickstarter, and London-based sales agent HanWay Films will handle international sales when it begins shopping the project at Cannes. Production is skedded to start in Glasgow in June, just weeks before Fanning shoots Disney’s “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie.
Fanning, who was last seen in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo,” recently wrapped Sally Potter’s “Bomb,” which co-stars Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks.
Alexander is an up-and-coming Brit thesp who currently stars opposite Greta Gerwig in the indie “The Dish & the Spoon,” which he and Gerwig both had a hand in writing. His other feature credits include Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” Gaspar Noe’s “Enter the Void” and the 20th Century Fox comedy “Gulliver’s Travels.”
WME reps Alexander and Fanning, who is also repped by One Talent Management.