‘The Neon Demon’ Casts a Fashion Impresario

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A last second casting announcement for the now-filming Winding Refn-directed The Neon Demon, as Deadline reports that Alessandro Nivola, pictured, has just signed on for a lead role in the Nicolas, a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse.

In the film, “When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film’s principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

“I very much look forward to the odyssey I’ll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young,” said Refn when production was announced.

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation’s Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.

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