Just a couple of months ago, all signs pointed to Dakota Fanning leaving showbiz for a while to concentrate on finishing up high school, even leaving the adaptation of “If I Stay” to do so. But it appears the “Twilight” star just can’t stay away, and she has now signed on to two new projects, in addition to “Girls Night Out”, which was finalized last week. Variety reports Fanning will star in both “The Motel Life” opposite Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, and “Mississippi Wild” opposite Ryan Donowho.
Fanning will shoot “The Motel Life” first, this month. Hirsch and Dorff play brothers Frank and Jerry Lee, who live in cheap motels and survive on odd jobs, until an accident forces them to flee out of fear that the police would prosecute them. Directed by Alan and Gabe Polsky and adapted from the novel by Willy Vlautin, Fanning’s role might logically be that of Annie James, Frank’s girlfriend who is forced into prostitution by her mother.
In “The Mississippi Wild”, filming in March, Fanning would play girlfriend to Donowho, and together they are teens on the run after stealing some jewelry that belonged to a local gangster. Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the gangster and Forest Whitaker a rival gangster who is after Rourke’s character. Robert Duvall is also signing on in an unspecified role.
Both roles would seem to be departures for the angelic Fanning, although she was already headed down a darker path when she portrayed drugged up rock-n-roll sex symbol Cherie Curie in last year’s indie “The Runaways”. She’ll next be seen in the final two installments of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”.