LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2015) – Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Mike Mills’ 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, Annapurna Pictures announced today. Mills wrote and will direct the new film which Megan Ellison is producing through Annapurna alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will serve as executive producer.


Set in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1979, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN tells the story of Dorothea Fields, a mother who’s trying her best to raise her teenage son, Jamie. Navigating life and love, sex and freedom, men and women isn’t easy as Dorothea looks for answers from two other remarkable women in her life.  Each from a different era of the 20th Century, these three women seek to find what it means to be a man and help set Jamie on the right course. Filled with punk-rock verve, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are.


Bening will play iconoclastic mother Dorothea, who finds herself raising punk teenager Jamie alone in the chaotic world of 1979. Gerwig will play Abbie, a young sophisticated photographer submersed in the punk culture of the era who is forced to return to her home town and ends up living with Dorothea and Jamie. Fanning will pay Julie, a 16-year old smart and secretively provocative friend of Jamie’s who challenges Dorothea’s understanding of love, learning valuable lessons about life in the process.


“These three characters are all women that I knew growing up” said Mills. “I’m thrilled to have Annette, Greta and Elle, three incredible actresses who will bring an authenticity and vulnerability to each of these very strong, funny and complicated roles.”


Filming is set to begin later this year in Southern California.


Bening has notably been nominated for four Academy Awards, most recently for her lead role in Focus Features’ THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. Her recent credits include DANNY COLLINS, THE SEARCH, and THE FACE OF LOVE. Up next she will star in an untitled film about Howard Hughes from writer/director Warren Beatty.


Gerwig recently co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed FRANCES HA for IFC Films, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She most recently wrapped production on Rebecca Miller’s MAGGIE’S PLAN as the title role of Maggie opposite Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke. Next she stars in Noah Baumbach’s MISTRESS AMERICA for Fox Searchlight, which will be released this summer.


Fanning recently starred in Disney’s smash hit MALEFICENT and lent her voice to the Academy Award nominated animated film THE BOXTROLLS. She next stars in TRUMBO alongside Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren, which will be released later this year. She also stars in the upcoming THREE GENERATIONS opposite Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, and is currently filming director Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEOM A DEMON.


Bening is represented by CAA, Gerwig is represented by UTA and Management 360, and Fanning is represented by WME and Echo Lake Entertainment.



Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences. Under Megan Ellison’s guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of intelligent, adult dramas in recent years. Currently in theaters is Bennett Miller’s Cannes and Toronto Film Festival hit film FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Annapurna is currently in production on Ana Lily Amirpour’s THE BAD BATCH, in post-production on David O. Russell’s JOY, Richard Linklater’s THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, and Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s animated SAUSAGE PARTY written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, and are currently preparing for production on Todd Solondz’s WEINER DOG starring Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig and Alexander Payne’s DOWNSIZING. Annapurna’s projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year with her nominations for AMERICAN HUSTLE and HER. Annapurna’s past releases include David O. Russell’s Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated AMERICAN HUSTLE, Spike Jonze’s Golden Globe and Academy Award winning HER, Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award nominated ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated THE MASTER. Annapurna will also reteam with Bigelow on a film based on the non-fiction book The True American.



Archer Gray is a media production, finance, and venture investment company driven by a passion for innovation, integrity, and results. Through our production arm, Archer Gray relies on a unique blend of expertise to develop, finance, and produce original stories with maximum commercial and artistic appeal. Through our venture arm, we make investments in early-stage media and marketplace technology companies that are creating new value and opportunities from inefficient industries.  The company prides itself on partnering with those who share our commitment to transparency, collaboration, and new ways of thinking.  Archer Gray's credits include the Broadway musical Once, winner of 8 Tony Awards, the critically acclaimed plays Seminar and The Elephant Man, and a slate of diverse films such as Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman’s Ten Thousand Saints, premiering at Sundance and starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield and Emile Hirsch; Marielle Heller's Sundance competition debut feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skaarsgard; Bill Condon's Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney; Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents staring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, and Chloe Sevigny; as well as The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and Greetings from Tim Buckley.