Berlin: Elle Fanning to Star in Max Minghella's 'Teen Spirit'

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The film marks the directorial debut for the son of the late Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.

Max Minghella, son of the late Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella, has found his leading lady for Teen Spirit.

Elle Fanning will star as aspiring singer Violet in Minghella's directorial debut, an underdog story set in the world of pop music.

The film, now in preproduction and being unveiled to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin, was written by Minghella, who made his screenwriting debut last year with The 9th Life of Louis Drax.

"It’s an absolute thrill to be collaborating with Elle on this project. Along with an extraordinary singing voice, she brings an emotional complexity to this character which is invaluable," Minghella said.

Fanning is currently starring in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women and Ben Affleck's Live by Night, and recently wrapped production on Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

Teen Spirit tells the story of a shy Eastern European teen who dreams of pop stardom to escape her small town and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet (Fanning) enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.

Fred Berger (La La Land) is producing alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones under their Automatik banner, while Jamie Bell, who helped develop the screenplay with Minghella, will executive produce.

Mister Smith Entertainment is shopping the film at the European Film Market. CAA is arranging financing and represents North American distribution rights.

Interscope Records, which is handling the soundtrack on Lionsgate's La La Land, will co-produce with Automatik and Blank Tape, and will release the official soundtrack.