Berlin: Will Poulter Joining Dakota Fanning in Charlize Theron-Produced Drama

'Brain on Fire' is being launched at the European Film Market by Mister Smith

Emerging British talent Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, We’re The Millers) is set to co-star with Dakota Fanning in Brain of Fire, being launched at the EFM by U.K.-based Mister Smith.

As previously announced, Irish director Gerard Barrett (Glassland) will direct from his own screenplay, based on the New York Times bestselling memoir by Susannah Cahalan chronicling her sudden descent into insanity following a mystery illness.

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Fanning will play Cahalan while Poulter, who will shortly appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman-follow up The Revenant, will star as her boyfriend.

Brain on Fire is being produced by Charlize Theron, Beth Kono and A.J. Dix for their Denver and Delilah shingle and Rob Merilees for Foundation Features.

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Last year Poulter won the BAFTA rising star award. Jack O’Connell and Shailene Woodley are among the names in the running for the award at the BAFTAs ceremony on Sunday.

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