First premiering at a film festival in Toronto last September, a new costume drama biopic will be slipping into theaters in the U.S. next month and UK theaters in July. Mary Shelley is a film from a story by Emma Jensen, looking at Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, including the famous contest in which Shelley would write in the year 1816 what has been called the most influential science fiction and horror story of all time. Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour, is directing, with Elle Fanning in the lead role.
The first trailer for the film unveils a historical drama, presenting a young cast for a new generation of Regency romance moviegoers. Portraying 16 to 18-year-old Shelley is 18-year-old Elle Fanning (as of filming), who has impressed audiences in her short career with star roles in films Super 8, Maleficent, and the remake of The Beguiled. Co-star Maisie Williams will be familiar to Game of Thrones and Doctor Who fans. Mary Shelley has the look of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but without the fantasy and horror elements. That may be thanks in part to co-star Douglas Booth as Percy Shelley, who appeared in both films, as well as Jupiter Ascending and a few historical TV dramas. Mary Shelley also features Tom Sturridge (Far from the Madding Crowd) as Lord Byron, and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse).
Actor Amelia Warner (Aeon Flux, Mansfield Park) composed the film’s musical score. Kevin Downey, who worked in the art department on The Terror, Ripper Street, Little Women, and Penny Dreadful, is the film’s set decorator. Caroline Koener is costume designer.
Here is the first trailer for Mary Shelley:
Look for Mary Shelley in U.S. theaters May 25, 2018.