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Staff / February 23rd, 2017

She’ll soon star in ‘The Alienist’ on TNT and in an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’

After nearly three years at CAA, Dakota Fanning is returning to WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Fanning had first signed with WME, along with her younger sister, Elle Fanning, in 2012 after the two left their youth-focused agency, Osbrink Talent. The elder Fanning broke out as a child star with a steady string of movies, including I Am Sam and War of the Worlds.

Now just a week shy of 23, Fanning is set to play the female lead in TNT’s upcoming period thriller The Alienist, produced by Cary Fukunaga. Starring opposite Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans, she’ll play an intrepid police secretary at the turn of the 20th century who aspires to become New York City’s first female detective.

On the big screen, Fanning can be seen next month in the Western Brimstone, which premiered at Venice last September and will be released by Momentum Pictures next month. And she will star as the troubled protagonist in Kirsten Dunst’s adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s classic novel The Bell Jar, which also will mark Fanning’s first turn as a producer.

Fanning continues to be represented by manager Brittany Kahan at Echo Lake and attorney Steve Warren at Hansen Jacobson. [Source]

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Staff / July 25th, 2016

Kirsten Dunst is set make her feature film directorial debut with The Bell Jar, an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s famed 1963 novel. Dakota Fanning has been set to play the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the pic, which Dunst has co-written with Nellie Kim. The Stanford Prison Experiment producer Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal, and production is eyed to start in first-quarter 2017.

Priority’s Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little will produce alongside Fanning and Echo Lake Entertainment’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray is executive producing.

The Bell Jar is set in the 1950s and follows Greenwood, who takes an internship at a magazine in New York City and, after she returns home to Boston, begins to suffer from mental illness. A 1979 movie adaptation of the book was directed by Larry Peerce and starred Marilyn Hassett.

Dunst, just nominated for an Emmy for her work on FX’s Fargo, has directed a pair of short films: Welcome starring Winona Ryder and John Hawkes, which was screened at Sundance; and Bastard starring Brian Geraghty and Lukas Haas which screened at Tribeca and Cannes. Her recent film credits include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special and she’s next up in Woodstock and Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures. Dunst is repped by UTA and Management 360.

Fanning, whose recent credits include The Secret Life Of Bees and The Runaways, is next up in Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral. She’s repped by CAA and Echo Lake. [Source]

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Staff / November 26th, 2015

When it comes to being a child star, it seems that your future is going to go one of two ways. You are either going to get older and realise that the fame is not for you, falling into relative obscurity, or you are going to go on to enjoy a long and successful career. For Hollywood actress Dakota Fanning, it was the latter, with the star appearing in plenty of top projects, giving us some fantastic performances along the way.

As Dakota Fanning got older, she decided that she wanted to make sure that she had something to fall back on and decided to mix her studies in with her acting career. Dakota seems very keen to learn and better herself, while she is still keeping her acting career going strong, with four new movies expected to hit the big screen in 2016.
Dakota Fanning will be seen starring in the new movie Viena and the Fantomes, which has been written and directed by Gerardo Neranjo, and will see the actress sharing the big screen with Zoe Kravitz, Jon Bernthal, and Evan Rachel Wood. Meanwhile, we will also see Dakota in the new film Brimstone, starring alongside Kit Harington, Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten, with Martin Koolhoven writing the screenplay and directing the project.
Not finished there, Dakota Fanning also has a role in the upcoming project American Pastoral, which also features the likes of Jennifer Connelly, Uzo Aduba, and Molly Parker. American Pastoral has been directed by Ewan McGregor, who also has a role in the film. Finally, Dakota is linked to the planned project Please Stand By, which is also expected to feature Alice Eve and Helen Hunt, with the movie currently in pre-production.
So, as you can quite clearly see, Dakota Fanning has a lot going on at the moment, with four new movies coming out in 2016, seeing the actress working with some of the top names in the industry. [Source]

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Staff / July 6th, 2015

British actor Kit Harington has joined the cast of the movie Brimstone, which is shooting now in Europe, Embankment Films announced.

Written and directed by Martin Koolhoven, the film will also feature Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce, as well as Harington’s Game of Thrones co-star Carice Van Houten.

“A triumphant epic of survival set in the searing wilds of the Badlands, the menacing inferno of the old American West,” a synopsis said.

“A tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz, carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, accused of a crime she didn’t commit, hunted by a vengeful preacher — a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim — a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve.” [Source]

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Staff / January 25th, 2015

The Kerry director is set to work with Dakota Fanning on a silver screen adaptation of the memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

The book is an adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s struggle with mental health problems. Fanning will portray the lead character as she struggles with her inner torment.

Bestseller Brain On Fire begins with Cahalan’s admission to a psychiatric facility at just 24 years of age.

It has been picked up by Hollywood star Charlize Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah Films.

The Monster star will act as a producer on the movie but it has not yet been announced if she will also take up a role in the flick.

Barrett (inset) said he was “honoured” to bring Cahalan’s story to life with two of Hollywood’s leading ladies.

The Pilgrim’s Hill filmmaker is no stranger to tackling tough subjects on screen. His first two features both focused on sensitive plots. His second, Glasslands, will be screened at the prestigious Sundance film festival to compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

TRAFFICKING

The film, starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, depicts the story of a young Irish taxi driver who gets caught up in the world of human trafficking.

Talented Barrett will also pen the screen adaption of the harrowing tale told in the Cahalan’s memoir.

Shooting is due to begin in May in both Vancouver and New York. [Source]

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Staff / March 31st, 2014

Kelly Reichardt’s cool, composed eco-thriller “Night Moves” is pretty much the definition of a slow burner: I saw the film at its Venice premiere and was aloofly impressed, only for it to have wormed its way under my skin by the time I reviewed it a few days later. Six months on, I find my mind wandering back to its snaky ambiguities — it’s one that probably should have placed on my Best of 2013 list, and certainly seals Reichardt’s place in the top ranks of American independent auteurs.

Anyway, “Night Moves” is creeping back on the radar again: next month, it’ll play at the Tribeca Film Festival, while indie distributor Cinedigm will release it in the US on May 30. An American trailer has yet to surface, but this French one (France, funnily enough, will be the first territory to release the film next month) does a good job of establishing the film’s setup, the subtle terrors that ensue and the fine work on show by Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard and, in particular, Jesse Eisenberg.

It’s all a bit more pumped-up than what Reichardt has done — this may be a genre diversion for her, but it’s still very much the work of the woman behind “Meek’s Cutoff” and “Wendy and Lucy” — but hey, it sells the movie. It makes me hungry to see it again, for starters. [Source]

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Staff / March 14th, 2014

The actress poses with sister Elle and stylist Samantha McMillen, who says she chooses very different looks for the siblings.

Dakota Fanning may shine on the red carpet, but she doesn’t like the process leading up to it.

The actress says she hates trying on clothes, though she adores her stylist Samantha McMillen, who is No. 14 on The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists of 2014.

“I love Samantha and I love working with Samantha, but one of the things I most hate in life is trying on clothes, ironically” Fanning says with a laugh. “I want to just visit with Samantha and talk to her, and I wish I didn’t have to try on the clothes.”

Fanning’s sister, Elle Fanning, is much more enthusiastic about the process.

“I’m very into trying on clothes, and I love putting all of the little details together,” she says.

McMillen says although her clients are sisters, they have very different fashion aesthetics.

“Dakota has more of an old Hollywood feel,” says McMillen. “Elle is more bohemian, and I think a little more sporty….I would never pull the same things for Dakota that I would pull for Elle. [Source]

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Staff / February 20th, 2014

It was recently confirmed that filming for the new Gerardo Naranjo movie, which will star Dakota Fanning in the lead role, will begin shooting sometime in March. We have known that Dakota Fanning will lead the cast of the film for some time now and the cast has continued to grow along the way.

It has now been confirmed that actress Zoe Kravitz has signed up to star alongside Dakota Fanning in the movie. Zoe has been putting in some fantastic performances in some impressive movies in recent years and we look forward to seeing what she can bring to her character in this latest movie role.
For those of you that do not know much about the new Gerardo Naranjo movie, it centres around a young girl called Viena, played by Dakota Fanning. The film is set in the 1980s and follows Viena as she embarks on a journey of self discovery, while fulfilling her duties as a roadie with a punk band.
As well as adding Zoe Kravitz to the cast, the untitled Gerardo Naranjo movie has also added the likes of Jeremy Allen White, Caleb Landry Jones and Frank Dillane. With filming set to get underway next month, it is likely that the film will hit the big screen sometime in 2015. We will bring you an official release date and an official title for the movie, when it gets released. [Source]

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