About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly


Dakota and Elle Fanning to play sisters in film adaptation of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale

Posted on

Get ready for another entry in the “siblings playing siblings” subgenre. (Donnie Darko, anyone?)

Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning will portray sisters in the film adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s best-selling 2015 novel The NightingaleInglourious Basterds star Mélanie Laurent is also on board to direct the film, which is being written by Dana Stevens (Safe Haven). The Wrap first reported the news.

This will mark the first time the Fanning sisters have appeared together on screen, though Elle played a younger version of Dakota’s character in the 2001 film I Am Sam.

Dave Benett/Getty Images

The Nightingale will be the first time we act on screen together. We have played the same character at different ages but have never spoken to each other in front of a camera. For years, we have looked for a film to do with one another and then this gem appeared,” the Fannings said in a joint statement. “As sisters, to share our artistry with each other while bringing such a powerful sister story to life is a dream come true. We are so lucky to have our fearless director, Mélanie Laurent, to guide us along on the journey. Let’s do this, sister!!”

The Nightingale follows two French sisters on the eve of World War II, as they struggle to survive the German occupation of France and resist Nazi rule. Parts of the story, such as one of the sisters helping downed Allied pilots escape the Germans, are inspired by actual historical events.

An adaptation of the novel has been in the works for some time; studio TriStar originally tapped Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren to direct it in 2016. A release date for the film has yet to be announced.

Dakota Fanning last appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar contender Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earlier this year, while Elle Fanning recently reprised her role of Princess Aurora in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She was also previously directed by Laurent in 2018’s Galveston.

Related content: