Actress Dakota Fanning has been cast as Errol Flynn's underage girlfriend in an upcoming biopic chronicling the final years of the late screen star.
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"The Last of Robin Hood" will focus on the controversial relationship between Flynn, played by Kevin Kline, and teenage actress Beverly Aadland, who was with him when he died in 1959 at the age of 50.
Flynn, who was cleared of statutory rape charges in 1942, was married to actress Patrice Wymore until his death, but romanced Aadland after casting her in his final film, "Cuban Rebel Girls."
Susan Sarandon will play Beverly's mom, Florence Aadland, who wrote 1961 book "The Big Love," about Flynn's relationship with her daughter. The film is due for release later this year.
In the late 1950s, at 15-yrs-old, my grandmother became pregnant with my mother and nobody gave it a second thought. That same grandmother burst into tears a few years ago and started screaming about how she was ruining her life when my 18-yr-old cousin announced she was pregnant. Back then, at 15, you may not have been a legal adult, but society considered and treated you as one. Today, times have changed and even if you are a legal adult society will usually think of you as just a little baby.
Errol Flynn was one of the most talented and hard-working actors of classic Hollywood and he was in some of the greatest films ever made, but I doubt this "biopic" will even mention that apart from a brief title card at the begining of the film. I think it's a shame that he did such great things, but this part of his life is what modern-day filmmakers choose to focus on. He was a great actor and he really deserves a movie that tells his whole story, not just this piece of it.
He was hardly a pedophile. Beverly Aadland was only 15, but she was living on her own
and was self-supporting. For all intents and purposes, she was an adult, just not legally.