Cannes 2011: VERY GOOD GIRLS sets cast; to star Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 12th, 2011

With the cavalcade of news coming out of Cannes, sometimes the truly interesting stuff can get buried. The “truly interesting stuff” here? A new role for Elizabeth Olsen, the breakout star of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, who starred in two films at the fest (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and SILENT HOUSE) and turned in one of my favorite performances of the festival (that would be the one in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE).

The preliminary report coming out of Cannes is that Olsen will join Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman, and Sissy Spacek in Naomi Foner’s VERY GOOD GIRLS. What a cast. Foner is best known as a screenwriter (BEE SEASON, LOSING ISAIAH) and as Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom (trivia!). I’m interested to see what she turns in as a first-time director, especially with such a talented cast.

VERY GOOD GIRLS “follows two teenage girls through a summer spent in New York City. After they graduate high school, each becomes determined to lose her virginity and things get complicated when they fall for the same charismatic street artist.” The girls will, of course, be played by Olsen and Fanning. The other roles are undefined at this point.

The plot itself doesn't seem too original - who really needs another "looking to lose the ol' v-card" film? - but using girls as its focal point (not the usual horny teenage boys), and with such a heavy-hitter cast, maybe VERY GOOD GIRLS will surprise us. I certainly hope so, as I love every member of this cast and really want to see Olsen continue on the path she set for herself at Sundance as being an actress to watch.

Olsen has two upcoming films, RED LIGHTS and LIBERAL ARTS, for audiences to look forward to. Fanning just wrapped up the final two TWILIGHT films with the BREAKING DAWN two-parter.

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