Hey, Elle Fanning, what’s the statistical probability of you returning Dustin Lance Black’s phone call?
Hopefully higher than not, because the Oscar-winning screenwriter really wants you for his next movie, an adaptation of YA best-seller, “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” (which he wrote and will direct).
It’s not TheWrap’s business to book your gigs, but come on — look at this guy pour his heart out.
During a recent visit to TheWrap’s Santa Monica, California headquarters, Black spotted a poster on the wall from Fanning’s 2016 awards contender “20th Century Women” and was inspired to describe the script to his upcoming film, which he recently sent to the actress.
It’s based on Jennifer E. Smith’s bestseller about two young strangers who meet after narrowly missing a fight bound for London’s Heathrow International.
Fanning has yet to accept Black’s offer. Representatives for the actress did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.
Fanning will head to the Cannes Film Festival next month with two high profile projects: Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” and John Cameron Mitchells’ “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”
“We need more people being brave enough to love and this is a story about a young woman who does that with someone who lives in a different culture and a different country,” Black said, chatting for TheWrap’s Emmy magazine about his human rights miniseries “When We Rise.”
The material has been likened to a YA version of “Before Sunrise.” Black elaborated on his motives for snatching up the rights to the project, which sprang from his work on the politics of “Rise,” especially through the lens of a Trump presidency.
“You know what the world needs to understand better right now? Love,” Black said.
“We need to maybe think a little less about the science of building walls and that waste of time and energy and start to understand what is love. What is it? Let’s examine it. Let’s examine the science, the statistics of love. “