Last week we learned that Cameron Crowe had finally found a leading lady for his upcoming film, We Bought a Zoo. The film currently stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Hayden Church, who will now be joined by Elle Fanning and Patrick Fugit — as in Almost Famous’ Patrick Fugit. It’s like a reunion over here!
The film is based on the memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee and centers on how his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo and filled it with 200 exotic animals facing destruction on the English countryside. Mee along with his children had to balance caring for his wife, who was dying of brain cancer, while dealing with escaped tigers, raising endangered animals, working with an eclectic skeleton crew and readying the zoo for a reopening.
According to Deadline, “Fanning will play the role of Lily, a 13-year old who works at the zoo’s restaurant. Too young to legally be working, she gets paid under the table and lives on the property.” Her character will also have a flirtatious relationship with the son of Damon’s character who’s currently being cast. Colin Ford has been circling the role. Fugit’s involvement in the film is being kept under lock and key. No one will reveal what role he’ll play.
What do you think of the growing cast of We Bought a Zoo?