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Staff / February 22nd, 2018

It was nearly eight years ago that actress Dakota Fanning, then just 16 years old, attended her first fashion show, Miu Miu’s Spring 2011 collection during Paris Fashion Week. “I was so excited to be there. It was very surreal that I was getting to sit in the front row and I was in Paris,” she recalled. “At the dinner afterwards, Rihanna was there. I wore a pink leather dress that they made for me and a pink cardigan that I still have. I got to meet Mrs. Prada and have had this relationship with Miu Miu ever since.”

Now 23 and a fashion staple, Fanning is officially taking that relationship with Miu Miu to the next level, directing the latest installment of Women’s Tales, the brand’s ongoing short film series. Fanning’s 10-minute feature is called “The Apartment,” and officially premiered last night during London Fashion Week.

A few hours before the debut, Fanning was posted up in the brand’s towering store on New Bond Street in eager anticipation of the evening’s premiere. “I’ve known about Women’s Tales for awhile and I’ve been to the Venice Film Festival when they’ve premiered the films there for two different years,” she said.” It was said that if I wanted to do one and when I wanted to do one, there would sort of be a spot for me… The timing was right and I was very excited to do it with Miu Miu and the people I felt I had a real friendship with. I’m somebody who thrives on personal connection.”

Of course, it was Fanning’s chance to fulfill her lingering desire to get behind the camera, which she’s held since she was acting on sets at five years old. “I’ve always had such a great, important relationship with the directors that I’ve worked with, and so many of them have stayed in my life over the years and have become really good friends,” she said. “That relationship is everything when you are working on a film because that person is someone you go to with all of your questions and that you rely on… I had been talking about doing it for so long, and eventually you have to do what you are constantly talking about.”

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Staff / February 22nd, 2018

The actress joined forces with Miu Miu—and friend Liz Hannah, of The Post fame—to create the 15th short for the Italian label’s Women’s Tales series.

When Miu Miu asked Dakota Fanning to direct a short film (her first), she looked close to home for subject material. The final product? “Hello Apartment,” a spot-on, vivid portrait of how the spaces where we spend our formative years shape us into adults who may, someday, return to them and, all at once, remember everything. It also serves as an ode to Fanning’s own real-life apartment.

“Hello Apartment,” which premieres in London on Monday night, marks the 15th commission from Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales, which has previously featured shorts from legendary auteurs (Agnès Varda), groundbreaking directors (Ava DuVernay), and experimental multi-hyphenates (Miranda July and Chloë Sevigny). For the film, Fanning drew on her own formative first-apartment experiences. As she told Vanity Fair, “Even though my apartment’s very different from the one in the film, the experience of it is the same.” With the help of The Post writer and her friend Liz Hannah, Fanning perceptively captures how, as she put it, our homes become “shrine[s] to experiences” with the passage of time.

Told through the perspective of a Pepto pink-haired young woman named Ava (played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, of The Knick) who has just moved into an airy Brooklyn loft, the film traces her first love (with Tom Sturridge), loss, and inevitable red wine spills. It all comes with the knowing wisdom of a woman who’s been there and lived to tell the tale. Decades later, a much older Ava returns to this memory-charged, sunlit space to say, “Hello, apartment.”

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Staff / January 30th, 2018

Read the full cover story from Vogue Australia’s February 2018 issue.

Perhaps it’s just clickbait, but it seems the more you look around, the more you become attuned to actors going method, being overtaken by their roles, getting lost in whatever emotional weight their character carries and their pains. We applaud the actors who go too far, I’m not saying they’re undeserving, but there’s something to be said for those who can take on the complexities of trying roles with a Teflon-like attitude. From age six, Dakota Fanning has been the latter. Whether she’s falling in love, being sexually abused on screen, committing a crime or dealing with death or mental illness, she’ll perform as if she’s lived it, but shrugs it away to the same tune: “It’s pretend.” It begs the question: is Dakota Fanning the most level-headed actress in Hollywood?

It’s just leading up to Christmas when we speak. Having escaped New York for the holidays, she is holed up in her parents’ Los Angeles home. As happens to busy people this time of year, Fanning has come down with a flu that reared its head as soon as she stopped. A sickness, she says she’s been fighting off all year due to pressing schedules, international travel and work. Having spent a good chunk of her last year in Budapest filming her first television series, The Alienist (now screening on Netflix), Fanning is enjoying a moment of down time. This year will see her star in Australian director Ben Lewin’s film Please Stand By (Australian release to be confirmed), make a small appearance in the all-female Ocean’s Eight, and continue her work to get an adaption of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar off the ground.

However, you could say that The Alienist is Fanning’s biggest project to date. The ambitious adaption of the Caleb Carr novel of the same name saw the 23-year-old dive headfirst into a project with a crew of strangers, in a foreign country, no less. “I was really scared before I went,” she admits. “Six months is a big chunk of your life. I didn’t know, nor had I ever met, anyone I was working with, and while I’d been to Budapest before, I didn’t know the city that well.” She lights up, her voice sparkling: “But it was one of the most pleasant surprises of my life. I was so comfortable; I learned to unwind and really enjoyed my life there. I sobbed hysterically when I had to leave!” She laughs. “I was trying to explain it to my mum, who wasn’t able to visit, but she just didn’t get it. She was like: ‘Well, glad you liked it.’” She laughs again.

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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.


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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