〉 Lerman and Fanning join the drama, which centers on a prodigy whose early success leads to mental illness.
Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning have boarded SIDNEY HALL, the Tracking Board has confirmed, a forthcoming drama from director Shawn Christensen. Christensen, who previously appeared on the 2010 Hit List, is also writing the script, from a previous draft by Jason Dolan.
The story is centered around Sidney Hall, a tormented novelist whose wild success at a young age led to a mental breakdown, reminisces about his life, while an old acquaintance attempts to solve the mystery behind his disappearance.
Jonathan Schwartz of Super Crispy Entertainment will produce, with Fielder Jewett co-producing, along with Christensen and his Fuzzy Logic Productions. Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his live action short film Curfew, boarded the project after director Joe Russo exited. Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Films were previously attached to produce as well.
Lerman, whose career began when he was just eight years old appearing in The Patriot with Mel Gibson, has seen his star steadily rise in the subsequent years. Lerman went on to star as Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and its sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, as well as Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and David Ayer’s Fury. Lerman takes over the lead on Sidney Hall, a role to which Jim Sturgess was previously attached.
Fanning similarly began her career at a young age when she portrayed the younger version of her sister Dakota’s character, Lucy, in I Am Sam, opposite Sean Penn. From there, her career took off, as she appeared in a diverse range of films, from Alejandro González Iñárrituu’s Babel to Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. She was recently seen in the Oscar-nominated Trumbo. In addition to Sidney Hall, Fanning will re-team with Coppola in her upcoming Western, The Beguiled, and the sci-fi epic IO.
Both Lerman and Fanning share the experience of being bright young talents who grew up under the spotlight – experience they can certainly bring to their respective roles in this story about a prodigy whose early success ultimately triggers mental illness. Production on the film is expected to start later this month.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor