Fanning to play underage lover in Errol Flynn film

Dakota Fanning has been cast as Errol Flynn's underage girlfriend in an upcoming biopic chronicling the final years of the late Australian-born star.

The Last Of Robin Hood will focus on the controversial relationship between Flynn, played by Kevin Klein, and teenage actress Beverly Aadland (Fanning), who was with him when he died in 1959 at the age of 50.

The hedonistic actor was famous for his romantic, swashbuckling roles, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Still married to actress Patrice Wymore until his death, Flynn romanced Aadland, 15, in his final years and cast her in his last film, Cuban Rebel Girls.

His womanising ways had more than a decade earlier brought about statutory rape charges by two under-age girls, Betty Hansen and Peggy Satterlee. But he was cleared of the charges in 1942.

That same year the Tasmania-born actor became a naturalised American citizen, but was unable to enlist in the United States military due to heart problems. Flynn was widely criticised for his portrayal of war heroes at the time.


In the years that followed his health quickly deteriorated due to drug and alcohol abuse and in 1952 he was diagnosed with hepatitis and liver failure.

Flynn met Aadland in the late '50s at her private arts school, centred on show businesss, and the pair travelled to Cuba to start filming Cuban Rebel Girls in 1958 in support of Fidel Castro's revolution.

Susan Sarandon will play Beverly's mum 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.

WENN, with Aja Styles