Kyle Chandler & Elle Fanning Join J.J. Abrams’ SUPER 8

     September 17, 2010


There was a time when Friday Night Lights leading man Kyle Chandler seemed poised to star in Steven Spielberg’s ambitious time travel drama Terra Nova.  But he passed.  So it goes.  In light of recent news, there are clearly no hard feelings.

Vulture reports that Chandler and Elle Fanning are the first members to join the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, produced by Mr. Spielberg.  Details are tightly under wraps, though it’s rumored to center on “three siblings who discover footage of an alien in some Super 8 footage they shot.”  We really don’t know much more than that, but there is always room for speculation after the jump.

super_8_teaser_posterParamount held an open casting call over the summer for young actors — a girl and two boys.  It was never confirmed, but the web consensus was “This is for Super 8.”  With Fanning on board, here’s the (hypothetically) relevant character description for Natalie:

NATALIE: Female 13-14.   A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the “cheerleader” type.  Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.


Fanning should be nearly thirteen by filming, and I buy her as a Midwestern non-cheerleader beauty, I suppose.  And if she was a carefree tween before, her time on the set of Sofia Coppola’s navelgazing Somewhere certainly could have bred an underlying sadness.  But I don’t want to delve too deeply into the vague description, in part because I don’t really believe it’s for Super 8.  I think it’s for Paramount’s adaptation of this.

I like Fanning well enough.  But Chandler is on the list of actors I hope have a steady stream of work forever and ever.  I don’t know how large his role will be in an ostensibly kid-centric movie, but he’s in good hands.  Prior to today, Super 8 registered a ten on my anticipation scale.  Now it’s a 10.5.

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