Dakota and Elle Fanning to Star in “The Nightingale”

Dakota and Elle Fanning at the "Teen Spirit" film screening in April. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock (10185361o)

The offscreen sisterly duo will play onscreen sisters in the big-screen adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel The Nightingale.

The film will be directed by Inglorious Basterds star Melanie Laurent from a script by Dana Stevens. The story follows two sisters, played by Dakota and Elle Fanning, coming of age in France on the eve of World War II and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. 

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 Wednesday 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, Melanie Laurent, to guide us along on the journey. Let’s do this, sister!!”

Elle most recently starred in Disney’s Maleficent sequel, while Dakota was last seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.