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4 Pics Of Dakota Fanning In The Period Drama 'Effie'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 8, 2012 9:37 AM
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For a while there last year, it looked like Emma Thompson's script for the film "Effie" was never going to reach production. The film is based on the true love affair between Victorian artist, architect, poet and political thinker John Ruskin and his wife, Effie Gray, and the mysterious circumstances over why their marriage was never consummated, leaving Effie a virgin until she remarried Ruskin's protege, painter John Everett Millais. While Thompson assuredly has her own take as to why Ruskin suddenly became disgusted with his wife, 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. The end result was a delay in production, with Saoirse Ronan ultimately departing the project and being replaced by Dakota Fanning prior to a fall start.

Saoirse Ronan Out, Dakota Fanning In For Emma Thompson's 'Effie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:33 AM
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With a cast of Saorise Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Imelda Staunton, Greg Wise and Emma Thompson all set to go, everything looked good for Thompson's latest screenplay "Effie." Unfortunately, the long arm of the law reared its ugly head earlier this year, putting the film in limbo. What was the point of contention?

Emma Thompson's 'Effie' With Orlando Bloom & Saoirse Ronan Stuck In Legal Row

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 7:33 AM
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Last fall, a rather interesting project was coming together based around a script from actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson. Titled "Effie," the film lined up a solid cast with Saorise Ronan, Orlando Bloom, Imelda Staunton, Greg Wise and Thompson herself in the strange-but-true story that centers on the wedding night between Victorian artist, architect, poet and political thinker John Ruskin and his wife, Effie Gray. Ruskin was long infatuated with Gray and married her when she was 17. However, when it came time to consummate their marriage, something so reviled Ruskin that Gray remained a virgin until after they divorced and she remarried his protege, painter, John Everett Millais. While it has never been established just what disgusted Ruskin to the point he refused to have sex with his wife, theories over the years have speculated it might have been pubic hair or menstrual blood.

Saoirse Ronan Takes Title Role In 'Effie,' Joins Orlando Bloom, Imelda Staunton & Emma Thompson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2010 6:16 AM
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At 16 years old, Saoirse Ronan has landed what may be her most adult and potentially controversial role to date.

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