Dakota Fanning in “The Secret Life of Bees.” Will “New Moon” be her next film project?
Actress Dakota Fanning, who turns 15 next month, has confirmed that she is interested in playing innocent-looking vampire baddie Jane in “New Moon,” the film version of the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s popular series.
“It’s definitely possible. I really hope it works out,” MTV.com quotes Fanning as saying. ”It would be a really fantastic experience, I’m sure.”
Summit Entertainment hasn’t made an official announcement about the casting of the role, but it’s hard to imagine the studio turning down such a big-name actress for the small but pivotal role.
“We are considering all actors that have the unique requirements for the look of Jane, Dakota being one of them,” said rep for Summit Entertainment, MTV.com reported.
In Meyer’s book, Jane is one of the guards in the powerful Italian coven of vampires known as the Volturi. Although tiny and young-looking, Jane is widely feared because she has a gift for making humans and vampires alike feel excruciating pain.
“It would be really cool to a part of that. I’m a big fan,” said Fanning, who praised the actors already attached to the film.
In a “New Moon” casting notice that went out earlier this month, Jane is described as a “petite blonde with a … Botticelli angel-like face … [and] crimson irises,” MTV.com reported, citing a report from E!
As of September, Fanning had yet to read any of the “Twilight” books, despite showing an interest in the series, MTV.com reported.
“I haven’t read them, but I have a lot of friends that read them all the time,” she told MTV News at the time. “They’re so excited about the movie. When I went to Comic-Con, ‘Twilight’ was there. I have to read these books now, ’cause everybody’s reading them, and I’m sure they’re fantastic.”
Based on my own experience, if Fanning set out to read the books, she may well have raced through Meyer’s four-book saga in just a few days and become a big fan.
Fanning isn’t quite what I had in mind for Jane, but based on her past acting experience, there’s no reason to think she couldn’t pull off the role.