After years of struggling to find its footing on the international film market, Elle is poised to finally get a major boost.
The acclaimed British director’s new film is set to premiere in Canada on Jan. 19 and is being billed as a coming-of-age story about an unlikely young woman.
The film’s producers have a long list of collaborators on board, including David Harewood (the upcoming film version of ‘Lady Bird’), Emma Thompson (who plays a younger version of Elle), Jennifer Connelly (the film’s lead character) and Laura Dern (a character in the book series by Margaret Atwood).
The film, directed by David Hareford and produced by Mark Gordon, was announced Friday at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.
It will be available on VOD starting Jan. 22.
Elle, based on the Canadian-British novel of the same name by Canadian author Jane Austen, is set in a fictional New York city in the 1950s.
In the novel, the protagonist is a young girl, and her parents live on Long Island, which has a reputation as a hotbed for prostitution.
Elen, a young woman, is taken in by a prominent Brooklyn family, where she becomes a star on Broadway.
She ends up falling in love with one of the characters, and eventually has a son, Elin.
It’s the story of a young man growing up in New York, with a different family and new friends.
But Elle will be the first film from the acclaimed Canadian director and his production company, Elon, which is based in New Zealand.
He also is a veteran of the U.S. box office.
Elon’s films include ‘The Social Network,’ which earned a record $1.8 billion in worldwide box office receipts last year; ‘Sisters,’ which grossed $3.8 million in its opening weekend; ‘Nymphomaniac,’ which made $2.7 million; ‘The Way of the Gun’ and ‘The Imitation Game,’ which each made $1 million.
The first film, titled Elle (which means “child,” in French), was released in 2015.
Hareford, who is currently writing the next chapter of his acclaimed novels, including ‘The Princess Diarist,’ is directing the movie version.
It is set for release on Jan: 19.
“I’m so excited that I can finally tell a story that is so unique, and so important to Canadian culture,” said Hareford.
“In the United States, we don’t have a lot of female-driven, genre films that come out every year.
So we’re really excited to tell Elle and bring this story to Canadian audiences.”
He said he’s excited to bring Elle to Canada, as well as the film, the books and other elements that make up the story.
“We’re thrilled to be able to be a part of the storytelling of Elen and the story that it tells,” he said.
The Elle production team includes producer John Meehan (director of ‘The Lost Boys’), producer Alex Bledsoe (director and co-producer of ‘Frozen’) and writer Simon Schuster.
The cast includes Elle’s Elizabeth Taylor as Elle; Emily Blunt as Elin; Sophie Turner as Elie; Rachael Taylor as Elizabeth; Laura Denton as Elan; Anna Torv as Ela; Rhea Seehorn as Elsie; Laura Vandervoort as Elene; Anna MacNeil as Eloise; and Laura Curnow as Elisabeth.
The new film will be released in U.K. cinemas on Jan 25 and in Canada Jan. 21.
The movie will be directed by Peter Delvaux (The Princess Bride, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’), who previously directed ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’
Elle stars Elizabeth Taylor, Sophie Turner, Emma Thompson, Elisée Rebus, Laura Deren, Elan, Rhea Taylor, Anna MacNeal, Rachana Taylor, Emma Watson, Rene Russo, Laura Vandervelde, Elizabeth Debicki, Emma Frost, Elena Nesbit, Rachel Weisz, Sam Heughan, Sarah Polley, Emma Lewis, Rachel Dratch, Rebecca Loomis, Anna Paquin, Eloise Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Emma Donoghue, Sam Neill, Daphne Carver, Sam Worthington, Lola Kirke, Lotte Kaelin, Tilda Swinton, and Dolly Parton.
The plot is set on Long Beach, California, and is about a young mother (Taylor) who leaves her family to pursue her dream of becoming a movie star.
Her career is derailed when her mother is murdered, and Elle becomes obsessed with finding the killer.
Elisie is played by Daphnes Clark (who has played Elle in the TV