As Minnie Goetze, the young cartoonist in the midst of a sexual awakening in Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” British breakout Bel Powley wowed audiences at Sundance with her exuberance and intelligence—and it seems she wowed casting directors, too.
Powley next stars in “A Royal Night Out,” due in New York and Los Angeles Dec. 4. (Check out a making-of featurette below.) The films features Powley and Sarah Gadon (“Maps to the Stars”) as princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor, who sneak out of the palace on May 8, 1945 to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe amid the masses thronging in the streets. Directed by Julian Jarrold (“Becoming Jane,” “Brideshead Revisted”), the film co-stars Rupert Everett and Emily Watson.
Powley—not to be ruled out as a contender for an Indie Spirit Award despite “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” performing modestly in limited release this summer—has another project in the works, too: “A Storm in the Stars,” from “Wadjda” director Haifaa Al-Mansour, which follows teenage sisters Mary
Shelley (Elle Fanning) and Claire Claremont (Powley) when they run away from home to live with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth).