Brooklynn Prince in talks to star in The One and Only Ivan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2017
Brooklynn Prince

Brooklynn Prince

Young star Brooklynn Prince is in talks to star with Angelina Jolie in the new Disney live-action/animated mash-up 'The One and Only Ivan'

Brooklynn Prince is currently in talks to star alongside Angelina Jolie in 'The One and Only Ivan'.

The seven-year-old actress recently starred alongside Willem Dafoe in 'The Florida Project' and it appears Prince will next star alongside 'Maleficent' actress Jolie in the new Disney adaptation of Katherine Applegate's book.

The children's novel - which was illustrated by Patricia Castelao and published in 2011 - follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping centre with an elephant named Stella and stray dog called Bob.

Ivan has forgotten what his life was like before he lived in the shopping centre, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters, his life is turned upside down when he finds himself taking care of her and begins to rediscover his memories.

He decided to concoct the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.

The movie will be helmed by Thea Sharrock - who directed 'Me Before You' - with a script adapted by Mike White. Brigham Taylor, Allison Shearmur and Jolie are set to produce.

Shearmur was one of the producers behind Disney's retelling of 'Cinderella' as well as working on 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'.

'The One and Only Ivan' is slated to be a live-action hybrid with Jolie and Prince providing voices for both Stella and Ruby respectively.

Prince's breakout role as Moonee in 'The Florida Project' - helmed by Sean Baker - has already been dubbed for an Oscar.

The film is set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World and follows Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) over the course of a summer.

The mother and daughter live week to week at The Magic Castle - a budget hotel managed by Bobby (Dafoe) - and despite her harsh surrounding, Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life.

However, unknown to her, her fantasy is supported by the sacrifice of her mother who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities to provide for her daughter.

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