Category: Movies

Dakota Fanning to Play Susan Ford in Showtime Series ‘The First Lady’

Dakota Fanning has signed on to play Susan Ford in the Showtime anthology series “The First Lady,” Variety has learned.

Susan is the only daughter of Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford, who will be played in the series by Michelle Pfeiffer and Aaron Eckhart respectively. Susan was a teenager during her father’s time in the White House and is said to have often introduced progressive ideas to her family.

“The First Lady” will also star Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama, among others. The series is described as a reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House.

Fanning will be a series regular, appearing in six episodes. The role reunites her with Pfeiffer, with whom she starred in the 2001 film “I Am Sam.” Her appearance in the film earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, making her the youngest person to be nominated for the award at the age of seven. Fanning was most recently seen in the TNT series “The Alienist.” Her feature credits include “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” “War of the Worlds,” “Uptown Girls,” “Man on Fire,” the “Twilight” films, and “Please Stand By.”

She is repped by UTA, Echo Lake Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.

“The First Lady” is written and executive produced by Aaron Cooley. Davis is also executive producing along with Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang of JuVee Productions. Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment executive produces along with Jeff Gaspin via Gaspin Media, and Brad Kaplan of LINK Entertainment. Susanne Bier is attached to direct and executive produce. Showtime and Lionsgate Television will produce.

Source: Variety

‘The Nightingale’: Elle And Dakota Fanning’s WWII Sisters Pic Pushed Another Year – Again

Those wishing to see Elle and Dakota Fanning in WWII drama The Nightingale will have to wait even longer. Sony is pushing the film to Dec. 23, 2022. It previously had been moved to December 22 of this year. Elle Fanning currently is in production on Hulu/MRC’s second season of The Great.

Christmas falls on a Sunday that year, and Nightingale will square off against Paramount’s Babylon on Dec. 25 and an untitled Illumination and Universal title on Wednesday Dec. 21, 2022. Pic is produced by Elizabeth Cantillon.

In addition, Sony is dating Stage 6 Films’ R-rated romantic comedy Long Weekend for March 12. Pic follows Bart’s (Finn Wittrock of American Horror Story) chance encounter with the enigmatic Vienna (Zoë Chao), which leads to a whirlwind weekend together. The two fall fast and hard, but both carry secrets that could be their undoing or the chance for a fresh start.

Steve Basilone is making his directorial debut off his script. Pic is produced by Deanna Barillari, Laura Lewis, Theodora Dunlap, Sam Bisbee, Audrey Rosenberg and Jess Jacobs. Executive Producers are Franklin Carson, Lance Acord and Jackie Kelman Bisbee. The film stars Finn Wittrock, Zoë Chao, Casey Wilson, Jim Rash and with Damon Wayans, Jr. The film is produced by Invisible Pictures, Park Pictures, Fifty Seventh Street Productions, and Rebelle Media.

PREVIOUSLY, April 30: Sony’s The Nightingale WWII drama starring Elle and Dakota Fanning, which was suppose to come out at the end of this year, has been pushed to Dec. 22, 2021 due to the COVID-19 production shutdown.

Real-life sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning will play on-screen sisters in the coming-of-age story adapted from Kristin Hannah’s international bestseller. Pic, which is being directed by Melanie Laurent, is set on the eve of World War II and follows the sisters’ struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. The story was inspired by the courageous women of the French Resistance who helped downed Allied airmen escape Nazi-occupied territory and hid Jewish children.

The project reteams Laurent with Elle Fanning after the duo worked on the 2018 movie Galveston together.

The Nightingale has been published in 45 languages, and went on to sell 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and became a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller for a total of 114 weeks on the list.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Amazon Studios And Echo Lake Entertainment To Adapt NY Times Best-Seller ‘I’ve Got Your Number’

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios and Echo Lake Entertainment are adapting the NY Times’ bestseller I’ve Got Your Number by author Sophie Kinsella. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Jessica O’Toole are attached to pen the adaption.

Dakota Fanning will produce along with Brittany Kahan Ward & Mary Jane Skalski of Echo Lake Entertainment as well as Joey Plager and Freddie Highmore, through his Alfresco Pictures. Alfresco Pictures’ Claire Londy will serve as an executive producer.

The novel is a romantic comedy of errors featuring a lost engagement ring, a stolen cell phone, and two strangers who find each other…just as one of them is about to marry someone else.

Kinsella is well-known for her Shopaholic novel series, which was adapted into the film Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher in 2009. Since her debut in 1995, Kinsella’s books have sold over 40 million copies in more than 60 countries, and been translated into over 40 languages.

Smith’s credits include Legally Blonde, The House Bunny and the Emmy winning series Trinkets on Netflix. She is also co-writing a reimagining of 10 for Warner Bros. O’Toole co-created the Charmed reboot for The CW, and her credits include the hit series Jane The Virgin, Selfie and The Carrie Diaries.

Fanning is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment, United Talent Agency and Hansen Jacobson. Highmore is repped by ARG, UTA and Felker Toczek. Kiwi Smith is repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and attorneys Karl Austen and Adam Cooper. Jessica O’Toole is repped by Verve, manager Sukee Chew and attorney Eric Brooks.

Source: Deadline