Elle Fanning shows off her singing abilities in the official trailer for Max Minghella's directorial debut, Teen Spirit. Minghella, who's known for his roles in films like The Social Network and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale series, announced his plans to write and direct the film back in 2017, about a month before Fanning signed on to star. The movie entered production later that year and had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival back in September. Lionsgate and LD Entertainment picked up the U.S. distribution rights shortly after, setting Teen Spirit for a spring 2019 release.
Fanning stars in the film as Violent Valenski, a teenager who dreams of leaving her small European hometown behind and becoming a pop superstar. The movie's marketing got underway late last year, with the release of a Teen Spirit teaser trailer that featured Fanning performing Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" from the film. Fanning's vocal talents are further showcased in the full-length trailer, which is now online.
You can watch the official Teen Spirit trailer in the space below, courtesy of Bleecker Street and LD Entertainment (which are co-distributing the film stateside). This time around, Fanning gets to put her spin on Ellie Goulding's song "Lights", whose work is featured in the movie alongside songs by Tegan & Sara, Annie Lennox, and Orbital Sigrid, among others (like Robyn). Minghella's film also includes some original pop music, like the song "Wildflowers" written by Carly Rae Jepsen and produced by Jack Antonoff.
Unlike the teaser, the Teen Spirit trailer takes a relatively deep dive into the film's actual plot. The bulk of the preview focuses on Violent's experience after she enters an international singing competition and finds herself on the fast-track to success. It also does a nice job establishing the important players in her rise to fame, beginning with Vlad (Zlatko Buric): an often drunk local from Violent's home village who recognizes her potential and mentors her as she pursues her dream. The trailer further shines the spotlight on Rebecca Hall's character, who attempts to lock Violet into a deal before the contest ends and she - potentially - has more leverage over the her would-be employers in the music industry.
Early reviews for Teen Spirit indicate the film is a formulaic, but enjoyable tale about a would-be superstar who discovers just how bumpy the road to fame really is. The trailer leaves a similar impression, as Minghella's stylish and energetic direction appears to give the movie's tried and true plot beats a fresh lease on life. Fanning's performance seems to further elevate Teen Spirit, not least of all because she really can sing quite well, as the trailers have shown. All in all, this one continues to look like something that's worth checking out when it hits theaters near the start of April.