Cameron Crowe has added two more cast members to his next film, We Bought a Zoo. Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning have been set to co-star in the film. They will join Matt Damon and by Scarlett Johansson who have already been cast in the lead roles of the film.
There's no word on who Fugit will play in the story, but "Fanning will get the role of Lily, a 13-year old who works at the zoo's restaurant, even though she's too young to work legally. She lives on the property, and her only parental figure seems to be Kelly (Johansson), from whom Lily learns to be at ease with the animals. The young girl is immediately fascinated by Dylan, the son of the zoo's new owner (Damon), and she becomes very flirtatious." Collin Ford (Push) is circling the role of Dylan.
This will be the second time that Fugit and Crowe will have worked together. Fugit was the central character of Crowe's Almost Famous, which was based on Crowe's own experiences as a young Journalist. As for Fanning, she's just on a roll, working with one good director after another.
Almost Famous is one of my favorite films, and I've been a fan of most of Cameron Crowe's work. I just love the heart and soul that he puts into his films.
The official book description follows:
In the market for a house and an adventure, Benjamin Mee moved his family to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Mee had a dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. His friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. But in 2006, Mee and his wife with their two children, his brother, and his 76-year-old mother moved into the Dartmoor Wildlife Park. Their extended family now included: Solomon, an African lion and scourge of the local golf course; Zak, the rickety Alpha wolf, a broadly benevolent dictator clinging to power; Ronnie, a Brazilian tapir, easily capable of killing a man, but hopelessly soppy; and Sovereign, a jaguar and would-be ninja, who has devised a long term escape plan and implemented it. Nothing was easy, given the family’s lack of experience as zookeepers, and what follows is a magical exploration of the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy. We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances.