"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is back on the streets of Los Angeles, where production has begun on his upcoming horror film, "The Neon Demon."
The Danish filmmaker's production company, Space Rocket Nation, announced the start of shooting Monday and also confirmed the movie's principal cast of Elle Fanning,
The story concerns an aspiring model (Fanning) who moves to the City of Angels and finds herself swallowed up by a group of beauty-obsessed women that covet her youth and vitality.
"Neon Demon" follows Refn's atmospheric Bangkok crime thriller, "Only God Forgives," a critical and commercial dud when it landed in 2013. It also marks his cinematic return to the Southland, the setting of his breakout film, "Drive," which won the best director award at the 2011
Refn, whose other credits include "Bronson," "Valhalla Rising" and the
In his typical elliptical fashion, the 44-year-old director said in a statement about the film, "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond 'The Neon Demon' where all I see is the wicked dying young."