Talented screen siblings Dakota and Elle Fanning are reportedly in talks to star in a biopic about the hugely influential cult girl-group The Shaggs.

The story of The Shaggs is one of the most interesting in rock and roll: Helen, Betty, and Dorothy Wiggin were social outsiders from a backwater American town, Fremont, New Hampshire, who formed a band under the direction of their non-musical father. That band is credited as one of the most post-modern pioneering punk bands of the 1960s and 70s – so it’s actually surprising The Shaggs haven’t been made the subject of a movie until now.

According to reports the Fannings will play two of the Wiggin sisters in the film, which is set to be written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann (best known for her music videos such as R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People”).

The Shaggs: charisma-free teenage girls who couldn’t play or sing for shit, and made loud noise in the face of musical ineptitude. That’s pretty much the definition of Punk.

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