Dakota and Elle Fanning to play sisters in The Nightingale adaptation


Dakota and Elle Fanning are to appear onscreen together for the first time, as sisters in an adaptation of the bestseller The Nightingale.

The pair will headline the screen version of the 2015 novel, which is being directed by Inglourious Basterds star Melanie Laurent.

The production will mark the first time the Fanning sisters have shared screen time, although Elle portrayed a younger version of Dakota’s character in 2001 drama I Am Sam.

“The Nightingale will be the first time we act onscreen together,” the actresses said in a joint statement.

“We have played the same character at different ages but have never spoken to each other in front of a camera.

“For years, we have looked for a film to do with one another and then this gem appeared. As sisters, to share our artistry with each other while bringing such a powerful sister story to life is a dream come true. We are so lucky to have our fearless director, Melanie Laurent, to guide us along on the journey. Let’s do this, sister!!”

Inspired by historical events, the story follows two French sisters on the eve of World War II.

The project has been in development since 2016.