Dakota Fanning to take part in Princess Margaret in Girls' Night Out: Former child star Dakota Fanning is to play Princess Margaret in a new film exploring her teenage years with her sister, the Queen.
Inspired by real-life events, Girls' Night Out will be filmed later this year, Variety reports. It concerns a weekend in which the two royals were allowed out of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the end of the second world war alongside the rest of the country in 1945.
Fanning will take the role of Margaret, with an as yet unnamed actor playing Elizabeth. The director is Michael Hoffman, who filmed 2009 Tolstoy biopic The Last Station and recently unveiled Gambit, a crime caper remake written by the Coen brothers due to arrive next year.
Elizabeth and Margaret appeared on screen earlier this year as young girls in the Oscar-nominated British film The King's Speech, which focuses on the efforts of their father, King George VI, to overcome a stammer. Hoffman directed Helen Mirren – who played a septuagenarian Elizabeth in The Queen – in The Last Station.
Fanning, 16, is best known for appearances in films such as War of the Worlds, alongside Tom Cruise, and I Am Sam, with Sean Penn. She recently graduated to more adult-orientated roles with a lead part in the rock biopic The Runaways and supporting turns in the vampire romance series Twilight.
Girls' Night Out is being produced by Ecosse Films, which specialises in movies based on real-life figures. The company's Becoming Jane, from 2007, starred Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, while last year's Nowhere Boy featured Aaron Johnson as the young John Lennon. The new film will be written by Trevor De Silva.
Princess Margaret died in 2002 at the age of 71. At the time of the events of Girls' Night Out, she would have been 15 and Elizabeth 19.