Elle Fanning will join the cast of Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. She will join Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the film based on the Benjamin Mee memoir of the same name about Dartmoor Zoo.
Elle will take the role of Lily, a 13-year old who works at the zoo's restaurant, even though she's too young to work legally. She lives on the property, and her only parental figure seems to be Kelly (Johansson), from whom Lily learns to be at ease with the animals.
The young girl is immediately fascinated by the son of the zoo's new owner (Damon), and she becomes very flirtatious. Colin Ford is attached to play the role of Dylan.
Maggie Elizabeth Jones with play the Mee's young daughter Rosie.
Patrick Fugit, who played the young journalist essentially playing Crowe in Almost Famous, is also rumoured to have been cast in the film.
Filming is scheduled to start in Thousand Oaks, California in January.