Dakota Fanning Leaving ‘If I Stay’ Movie for School
We previously posted Dakota Fanning (aka Jane) in talks with Summit for the lead role in If I Stay. The LA Times is reporting that Dakota is leaving If I Stay and will not tackle any lead roles until after high school.
EXCLUSIVE: Fans of Dakota Fanning were keen on the teen actress tackling a serious dramatic role as the lead in the supernatural drama “If I Stay.”But a source familiar with the film said that, after the announcement in October that the star would take on the part, Fanning has opted not to make the movie, which leaves her without a new leading role (and also, incidentally, throws the project into question).
On Thursday afternoon a representative for the star confirmed she would not shoot the film and chalked it up to the actress’ desire to finish her senior year of high school. The representative said that Fanning will shoot the two “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” films (in which she plays Jane, a role that brings a decidedly lighter workload), and may shoot a smaller independent movie. But she will not take on any significant roles until after she graduates this spring.
Based on Gayle Forman’s young-adult novel about a teenage musician, her boyfriend and a fatal car accident, “Stay” has been a high priority for “Twilight” studio Summit.
But the project has now lost its star after previously losing a director (Catherine Hardwicke was attached before leaving to shoot the dark fable “Red Riding Hood;” she has been replaced by a Brazilian filmmaker named Heitor Dhalia.) The studio also might have some reservations about the film in the wake of the poor performance of another supernatural teen drama, “Charlie St. Cloud,” earlier this year. A Summit spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
I’m happy Dakota wants to finish out her senior year of high school. After all, how many times do we graduate from high school.
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