Beanie Feldstein, Paddy Considine and Alfie Allen have joined the cast of the adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel How To Build A Girl.
Monumental Pictures’ Alison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the feature which is being co-financed by Film4 and Tango Entertainment. Executive producers include Moran herself, Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden and Sue Bruce-Smith for Film4, Tim Headington and Lia Buman for Tango, Zygi Kamasa and Emma Berkofsky for Lionsgate. Beanie Feldstein of “Ladybird” will also feature in the film and "The Killing" director Coky Giedroyc is on board to direct.
Finance also comes from the BFI’s locked box initiative which enables UK filmmakers supported through the BFI Film Fund to benefit from their film's success. Meanwhile international finance, production and sales company Protagonist is handling world sales.
Giedroyc, whose previous TV credits include episodes of “The Killing” and BBC drama "The Hour", is overseeing the film.
Joining Feldstein, Allen and Considine in the coming-of-age film are Sarah Solemani of “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, "England Is Mine" star Laurie Kynaston alonside Joanna Scanlan, Arinzé Kene, Frank Dillane, Tadhg Murphy and Ziggy Heath.
Considine and Solemani will play Johanna’s “unconventional parents” while producer Hayward revealed there would be “more surprises to come” on the film’s cast.
Feldstein will play protagonist Johanna Morrigan in the film which is set in 1993. Morrigan is 16, smart, opinionated and overweight, according to the press material from Lionsgate. Hormones raging, she is desperate to get out of her home town and make a name for herself – which she does, reinventing herself as ‘Dolly Wilde’, a rock music critic. She finally figures out ‘how to build a girl’ – but is this the girl she wanted to build?
Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel was published by Ebury in July 2014 and was launched with a ‘rock and roll’ tour. The film deal with Monumental was announced a few months after the book's publication.