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.