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Annapurna’s ’20th Century Women,’ from ‘Beginners’ Director Mike Mills, Adds Bening, Gerwig, and Fanning

Annapurna's '20th Century Women,' from 'Beginners' Director Mike Mills, Adds Bening, Gerwig, and Fanning

Intrepid producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced today that Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”), Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha”), and Elle Fanning (“Ginger & Rosa”) have joined the cast of “Beginners” writer/director Mike Mills’ latest, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“20th Century Women” follows three different women teaching a teenage boy named Jamie about life, love, freedom, and finding your sanity in Santa Barbara in 1979, during Jimmy Carter’s last summer in office. Bening, a four-time Academy Award nominee, will star as Jamie’s mother, Dorothea; Gerwig will plays Abbie, a photographer living with the mother-son pair for a spell; and Fanning will take on the role of Jamie’s friend, Julie.

Mills says “the film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world.” (“Beginners” also featured a spiky mother character, played by Mary Page Keller.)

Mills, who is married to fellow filmmaker Miranda July, debuted in 2005 with “Thumbsucker,” adapted from the coming-of-ager by Walter Kirn. Ellison will produce “20th Century Women” alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray, and Youree Henley. Production is slated to begin in Southern California later in 2015.

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