Saturday 19 October 2019

Dakota Fanning spotted shooting Sweetness in the Belly in Dublin

Dakota Fanning filming Sweetness In The Belly
Dakota Fanning filming Sweetness In The Belly

Sean O'Grady

Hollywood actress Dakota Fanning has touched down in Dublin to shoot new movie Sweetness In The Belly.

The drama is due to film in the capital over the coming weeks before production heads to Ethiopia.

Based on the novel of the same name, the film tells the story of an orphan in Africa who escapes as a refugee to England.

Twilight Saga actress Dakota will play the lead character, Lily Abdal.

Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning

When she grows up, she works to help immigrants and refugees to reunite with their families.


It's not her only motive though, as she also has a passionate love affair with an idealistic doctor.

The flick will also star Kunal Nayyar, who is best known for his role as Raj Koothrappali on US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Saoirse Ronan was originally linked to the role in 2017 before it ultimately went to the 24-year-old American actress.

Dakota looked almost unrecognisable when she was spotted in character on the chilly streets of the capital this week.

The actress donned a Muslim hijab along with a knee-length baby blue dress and a brown coat.

World sales of the film are being handled by HanWay Films.

The company's MD, Gabrielle Stewart, told ScreenDaily: "The spin of this refugee originally being British and Caucasian, yet raised Muslim in Africa, makes this perspective incredibly fresh and timely.

"We are all thrilled to have caught Dakota Fanning at a really exciting point in her career."

The film is being produced by Alan Moloney and Susan Mullen of Parallel Films, while Irish cinematographer Tim Fleming is director of photography.

Dakota is not the only A-list actress filming in Dublin lately.

Former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively was spotted around the capital filming scenes for upcoming thriller The Rhythm Section.

Filming was temporarily shut down after she injured her hand.

Chloe Grace Moretz was also filming in Dublin recently. The actress was in Ireland in September shooting The Widow.

She spent her downtime with boyfriend Brooklyn Beckham, with the pair fitting in a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and watching a rugby match at the Aviva Stadium.

Saoirse has also been busy working on a new project lately.

The Irish actress is starring in Little Women with Emma Watson and Meryl Streep.

Based on the popular 1868 novel, Saoirse plays Jo March, a feisty teenager known for her temper and strong personality.

The film is directed by Greta Gerwig, who previously worked with Saoirse on Lady Bird, which garnered the Carlow woman her third Oscar nomination earlier this year.

It ranks among the best reviewed films on movie website Rotten Tomatoes.


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