To clarify the casting, Fanning took to Instagram:
"Just to clarify. In the new film I'm part of, Sweetness in the Belly, I do not play an Ethiopian woman. I play a British woman abandoned by her parents at seven years old in Africa and raised Muslim."
"My character, Lilly, journeys to Ethiopia and is caught up in the breakout of civil war. She is subsequently sent 'home' to England, a place she is from but has never known."
"Based on a book by Camilla Gibb, this film was partly made in Ethiopia, is directed by an Ethiopian man and features many Ethiopian women," Fanning went on to share. "It was a great privilege to be part of telling this story."
The film is about "what home means to people who find themselves displaced and the families and communities that they choose and that choose them."