Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women has found its leading ladies in Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning. Mills will direct the film for Annapurna Pictures while Megan Ellison will produce, along with Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will executive produce.
Set in 1979, 20th Century Women follows the story of Dorothea Fields (Bening), a single mother in Santa Barbara. To help with some of the more complex issues that come with raising her rebellious teenage son Jaime, she turns to two women from different walks of life: Abbie (Gerwig) a young worldly photographer who returns to her small town and ends up living with Dorothea, and Abbie (Fanning) a 16-year-old friend of Jamie’s who has opinionated and sophisticated outlooks on life and love.
“These three characters are all women that I knew growing up,” Mills said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to have Annette, Greta and Elle, three incredible actresses who will bring an authenticity and vulnerability to each of these very strong, funny and complicated roles.”
Mills wrote and directed Beginners in 2010, starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent. (Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film.) Production on 20th Century Women is expected to begin in Southern California later this year.