Effie (2012)

Emma Thompson has written the screenplay for Effie, the period biopic of Euphemia Gray who was married to the art critic John Ruskin in 1850s London, and later fell in love with his protegé John Millais.

CAST:
Effie - Dakota Fanning
John Ruskin - Greg Wise
John Everett Millais - Tom Sturridge
Ruskin's parents - Derek Jacobi and Julie Walters
Lady Elizabeth Eastlake - Emma Thompson
Sir Charles Eastlake - Edward Fox

Filming is expected to begin this October in London, Scotland and Venice

6 comments:

  1. I love that Emma and Greg are in this film together! The story doesn't sound very appropriate really but I guess it is a real life story. Dakota Fanning still seems like such a baby to me!

    ~Miss Laurie

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  2. Dakota Fanning is miscast as Effie as far as I'm concerned as is Greg Wise. There was an interesting article in the Daily Mail a few weeks ago by the playwright who wrote The Countess, who basically accused Emma Thompson of stealing his play for her screenplay.

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    1. It's true about the actors. From the casting it looks like the movie will suggest Ruskin's supposed attraction to young girls, though that was much later in his life (if even true), since Greg Wise is in his forties and Dakota Fanning is less than twenty whereas Ruskin was actually in his late twenties and Effie around twenty when the married, a normal age difference of about nine years.

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  3. The Ruskins are an interesting couple and I can see how this would make a good movie--I imagine it will be wonderful.

    Now I need to reread the chapter in Parallel Lives about the Ruskins to whet my appetite.

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  4. Thanks so much Cheryl for this exciting info. I was hoping that Emma Thompson was working on something other than her remake of My Fair Lady. I will see anything she is in or writes and this looks fascinating. Sadly, I even dragged my hubby to Nanny McPhee. I'm sure he'll like this film but he did actually enjoy both Nanny films (except perhaps for the dancing pigs)!

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  5. @Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
    I did hear about that playwright suing Emma and Greg! Sounds like there are too many similarities to ignore. Wish there wasn't a cloud surrounding this film since I do like the idea of Thompson writing the script.

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