Douglas Booth will portray the poet Percy Shelley in pioneering female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s anticipated follow-up to Wadjda. HanWay will start international sales in the south of France next week.


A Storm In The Stars also stars previously announced Elle Fanning and Bel Powley in what Amy Baer of Gidden Media and Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films’ call an unconventional biopic of Mary Shelly.

UTA Independent Film Group helped package and structure the financing and represents North American rights.

The producers target a late autumn start on what is expected to become a European co-production.

Emma Jensen wrote the screenplay charting Mary Shelley’s tempestuous love affair with Percy Shelley, her notorious trip to Lake Geneva with Lord Byron and her rise to become a celebrated figure. 

Joanne Burstein and Rebecca Miller serve as executive producers.