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Dakota Fanning To Bring ‘Light’ To The Bell Jar

By Margaret Amoah
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December 31, 2016
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Dakota Fanning attends on October 25, 2016 in New York City - Photo: AFP/ANGELA WEISSDakota Fanning attends on October 25, 2016 in New York City – Photo: AFP/ANGELA WEISS.

Actress Dakota Fanning never feels pressured to take on roles which don’t serve the purpose of the narrative. Dakota Fanning wants to bring light and humor to the upcoming adaptation of The Bell Jar.

The American actress is starring and producing an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s famed 1963 novel, which is being directed by Kirsten Dunst.

Dakota will take on the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the 1950s-set film, with the story telling of how she becomes mentally unstable during a summer spent interning at a magazine in New York. While the film deals with depression and inner torment, the 22-year-old is determined the movie won’t simply focus on the dark subject matter associated with the original work.

“We want to make a cinematic experience,” Dakota told The Edit. “A lot of people have this idea of The Bell Jar being dark and depressing, and that it’s Plath’s biography. It’s not; it’s a novel. There’s a lot of humor, irony and light – those are things we want to bring out, the parts people don’t think of right away.”

Though Dakota is taking a major role in developing The Bell Jar, she claims to maintain a relatively passive role in the casting process for other movies. And while she is sent a constant stream of scripts, the blonde beauty never feels pressured to take on a part she doesn’t feel passionate about.

“Don’t do a role that isn’t complicated enough for you. It’s OK to say no to parts if it doesn’t serve you, or the story. Or the (gratuitous) sex scene? It could be a great project, but you don’t need that. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to but, ultimately, it pays off,” she explained.

The Bell Jar is set to be released next year 2017.

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