The film originally had some legal troubles when playwright Gregory Murphy felt Thompson’s script was too close to his 1999 play The Countess, and sued for copyright infringement in February of last year. That ended up causing a delay in production, and original lead Saoirse Rona departed and was replaced by Fanning.
The film has a really great cast that also includes Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi, Julie Walters, Emma Thompson, and Edward Fox.
Dakota Fanning will play the title role in Effie, a biopic of Euphemia “Effie” Gray. The subject of one of history’s most famous love triangles, Gray was married to art critic John Ruskin (Wise) in 1846 but, after Ruskin failed to consummate the marriage after five years, Gray had it annulled and instead married Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Millais (Sturridge).
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Emma Thompson and Dakota Fanning in Effie
Based on a real-life Victorian-era scandal, this period drama (now shooting in Venice and set for a June 2012 release) stars Dakota Fanning (right) as Euphemia ”Effie” Gray, a teen who fights to escape a loveless marriage to celebrated art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). Emma Thompson (left) — who plays Effie’s confidante, Lady Eastlake, and wrote the script — says the story highlights ”part of the submerged history of women: very, very famous men who are absolutely vile to their wives.” —Josh Rottenberg
Dakota Fanning will star in the title role of Effie, the Emma Thompson-scripted period biopic about the unfortunate marriage between Euphemia Gray and the famed critic John Ruskin in 1850s London. Richard Laxton (An Englishman in New York) is directing. Though the teenager was gorgeous, Effie’s husband never consummated the marriage over five years because Ruskin was for some reason disgusted by her body. After suffering through a loveless marriage and browbeating by her in-laws, Effie fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Millais.
Greg Wise will play Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge will play Millais.