Elle Fanning to star in John Cameron Mitchell's adaptation of 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

By Will Ashton,

While her latest movie, Maleficent, is currently crossing the $600 million mark across the world, actress Elle Fanning is lining up her next project, which will be in John Cameron Mitchell's (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

As The Hollywood Reporter reveals, Fanning is attached to star in the movie, which features a screenplay from Mitchell and Philippa Goslett. Winner of the Locus Award for Best Short Story, and nominated for the Hugo Award in the same category, the short story centers on two teen boys who go to a party in 1970s London. While his more outgoing friend has no trouble winning a girl's affections, the shy boy is left to go out onto his own, only to discover that the girls at the party are more than they seem.

In this adaptation, however, the movie is said to be focusing on a schoolboy and punk who use music and arts as a means of escape, with Fanning playing a female alien tourist who wishes to escape her tourist group and explore, what she considers, the most dangerous place in the galaxy: the London suburb, Croydon.

This is not the only Gaiman work that is finding itself moving on to the big screen, as his comic Sandman is being adapted by Joseph Gordon Levitt at Warner Bros. Meanwhile, his book The Graveyard Book is being produced over at Disney. That's not all, however, as his other book American Gods has just been revealed to become a TV series at Starz.

In addition to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical with Neil Patrick Harris, Mitchell, has also directed Shortbus and 2010's Rabbit Hole, which currently serves as his last film to date before this. He was last seen in Girls and also directed an episode of Nurse Jackie and the pilot for Happyish, which was set to star Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role before his untimely passing.

Fanning, meanwhile, will soon be seen in Young Ones and Low Down, and then later heard in The Boxtrolls.

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