Dakota Fanning seems determined to prove to audiences she's all grown up. She apparently gets quite naked in "Very Good Girls" which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and not too long ago she signed on to play Kevin Kline's teenage lover in "The Last Of Robin Hood." Now she's set for a crime drama that will once again showcase a different side of the actress who is quickly putting together a diverse slate.
Fanning has joined "Every Secret Thing" starring Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane, with "West Of Memphis" helmer Amy Berg slated to direct. Based on the stand-alone book by author Laura Lippmann (of the popular Tess Monaghan series), the story follows two 11-year-old girls who are convicted of murdering a baby and are incarcerated until they turn 18. Upon their release, children start to go missing; as the police turn their attention to the duo, the mystery surrounding the original murder comes back to light. Fanning and Danielle Macdonald will play the girls, with Lane as one of their mothers, and Banks as a cop who is involved in the case both professionally and emotionally.
Sounds like some gritty stuff, and quite promising too. We should also add that Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give," "Lovely & Amazing") wrote the script and Frances McDormand is one of the producers. So for those looking for more women taking on movie gigs, here's one written, produced and directed by a very talented team with a solid central cast. Production begins at the end of March.