The Benefactor (originally titled Franny) is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Andrew Renzi. The film stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James, and Clarke Peters. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2015. The film was released in the United States on January 15, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
A philanthropist meddles in the lives of a newly-married couple in an attempt to relive his past.
In August 2013, it was announced that Richard Gere had been cast in the film portraying the role of Franny, a philanthropist, with Andrew Renzi writing and directing the film. In September 2013, it was announced that Dakota Fanning and Theo James had joined the film, portraying the roles of Olivia and Luke respectively.
Principal photography began on October 21, 2013, in Philadelphia.