online casting call to try and find a British or Irish girl to play the lead in Sally Potter's latest film Bomb with over 1500 applications, the producers have played it safe and cast American starlet Elle Fanning, as reported by Deadline.
Bomb, written and directed by Sally Potter, is about two young rebels at the forefront of political, social and sexual change, and is set in London in the early Sixties.
13 year old Elle will take the lead role of Ginger, described as the ‘brainy’ one who wants to get involved with the anti-nuclear movement in 1960s London, but as the cold war meets the sexual revolution, it’s her family that threatens to explode. She appeared in this summer’s blockbuster Super 8 and will shortly be seen in Cameron Crowe's forthcoming drama We Bought A Zoo.
Alice Englert, playing Rosa, who ends up having an affair with her best friend's father, a free thinking, charismatic writer played by Alessandro Nivola. Alice (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell) is the daughter of Oscar-winning director Jane Campion and film-maker Colin Englert. Alice started as an open-mic performer in Sydney and started acting when cast in Roland Joffe’s movie Singularity, which is shooting now.
Potter, best known for her celebrated movies Orlando and The Tango Lesson, confirmed the casting, noting that Elle has a ‘subtlety and range beyond her years’.
‘She can move you to tears, then light up the room with her radiant smile.’
She said Alice ‘is a beautiful, intelligent young woman with the movies in her bones. Together, playing teenage rebels, they are sure to be a pair of firecrackers.’
Potter and her producer Christopher Sheppard held an online casting call to get candidates to audition, and in all 1,500 girls sent in videos of themselves and Potter and her team met 30.
Filming on the BFI and BBC Films production will begin in early February 2012 in and around London and the South Coast.