With the principals in place, Cameron Crowe and 20th Century Fox are now turning their attention to supporting roles for We Bought a Zoo. Patrick Fugit (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant) and Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) have been brought on to star alongside Matt Damon, Thomas Hayden Church, and Scarlett Johansson, who came aboard last week after hefty negotiations with the studio.
Fugit’s role is under wraps, but Fanning will play an underage minor who works at the zoo and becomes involved with Damon’s onscreen son, Dylan; according to Deadline, Colin Ford (Push) is circling the role of Dylan. Fugit previously worked with Crowe on the director’s semi-autobiographic Almost Famous, where he played Crowe’s onscreen persona. He is currently filming Cinema Verite with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins, set for a 2012 release. Along with Zoo, Fanning is also starring in JJ Abram’s Super 8 and Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt Now and Sunrise (both due out next year). She will next be seen in The Nutcracker 3D set for release November 24.