Bleecker Street confirmed that the studio will be partnering with LD Entertainment to distribute Elle Fanning’s “Teen Spirit” across the United States. The film will be the directorial debut for Max Minghella and the film is set to hit theaters in 2019. The film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
The story follows Violet (Elle Fanning), a shy teenager living in a small European town who dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Also starring in the film are Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, and Agnieszka Grochowska.
The film was written and directed by Minghella and was produced by Fred Berger (La La Land) and executive produced by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot). It was also announced that Interscope Records, which handled the chart-topping soundtrack on La La Land, co-produced with Automatik and Blank Tape, and will release the official soundtrack featuring contemporary pop anthems.
Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street, said, “We are excited to be working with Mickey and Pete from LD to bring this electric and inspiring story to audiences in Spring 2019. Max is an incredible talent and we know Elle’s performance will thrill film and music fans alike.””
Mickey Liddell, Founder and CEO of LD Entertainment, said, “This is the perfect film to reunite us with our friends at Bleecker Street. Max’s directorial debut is nothing short of amazing… He is a true visionary. Audiences are going to come back to see Elle Fanning’s magnetic performance again and again.”
Fans of Fanning will also get to see her in the upcoming Disney live-adaptation “Maleficant 2,” which was directed by Joachim Rønning. The highly anticipated sequel will also star Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Juno Temple, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Sam Riley, and Angelina Jolie. Fanning also starred in the first film as Aurora, a role she will be reprising in the sequel, and the original was an instant hit for Disney. The film made over $69M domestically on opening weekend and went on to make $758M worldwide.