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After some memorable supporting roles in films like The Social Network and 21 Jump Street, Dakota Johnson landed herself the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in Universal Pictures' adaption of 50 Shades Of Grey. Not content to merely consign herself to franchise work, the young actress has already secured herself another role in yet another literary adaptation. This time, she'll be turning down the steam and playing the role of a widow who's in for the surprise of her life in Forever, Interrupted
Gidden Media and Good Universe recently made the announcement via an official press release, which details the story of the debut novel from author Taylor Jenkins Reid:
FOREVER, INTERRUPTED tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother – who didn’t know she existed.
Not only is Dakota Johnson set to star in the lead role of Forever, Interrupted, she's also set to be one of the film's executive producers. One would expect nothing less from the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and fellow executive producer, Nathan Kahane, had nothing but good things to say about the young actress' foray into the inner workings of Forever, Interrupted's production. Specifically, Kahane said:
"We’re thrilled that Dakota has come on board as a partner in the film, not only starring, but also taking an active role behind the camera in helping us shape the film."
While Dakota Johnson has been technically active since 1999, when she starred alongside her mother in the Antonio Banderas directed Crazy In Alabama, it wasn't until her small role in 2010's The Social Network that she started to gain recognition. Then again, witty Aaron Sorkin wordplay with Justin Timberlake will do that to a person's career, as you'll see in the clip below.
Ms. Johnson has proven herself in several genres, but romantic literature seems to be her current bumper crop. Forever, Interrupted sounds like the first couple of minutes of P.S. I Love You mixed with Meet The Parents by way of Nicholas Sparks. A movie like this could easily score an easy walk on Valentine's Day weekend, which looks to be a weekend that Dakota Johnson should be getting used to working to her advantage. After all, that's the weekend Fifty Shades Of Grey will be dropping next year. Considering that's a project that's hoping to score another easy win, we could see Dakota Johnson become the female equivalent of Will Smith.
For now, Forever, Interrupted has no production schedule set, but Fifty Shades Of Grey will release on February 13, 2015.