Dakota Johnson To Star In Film About Historical Supreme Court Case
Actress Dakota Johnson attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California – Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images North America.
Actress Dakota Johnson is making her feature production debut on a movie about Carrie Buck’s historical U.S. Supreme Court case in 1927.
The Fifty Shades of Grey star will portray Buck in Unfit, which will be based on Adam Cohen’s 2016 book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.
Johnson will also serve as an executive producer under her Silhouette Productions company, alongside Brett Ratner.
Buck went before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1927 to fight against laws that legalized the sterilization of “unfit” citizens, including those who suffered from intellectual disabilities. Buck, who was sterilized at the age of 18, was unsuccessful in fighting the Buck v. Bell case. She passed away in 1983 at the age of 76.
“Like many, I was not privy to this shocking and fascinating moment in American history,” Johnson says. “I quickly became obsessed with the prospect of shedding light on the massive misstep in American justice.
“Carrie Buck’s story is poignant and galvanising, and certain aspects are unnervingly congruent with the relationship between the government and women today. It is an important story that… I am honoured and eager to tell.”
“Dakota had told me about the book Imbeciles at a lunch last year, and when… I read the spec script, (I) sent it to her immediately,” a statement from Ratner adds. “I couldn’t be more thrilled (to) be involved in this project… Although this story took place almost a hundred years ago, the subject matter is unbelievably timely.”
The role will be a drastic change from the character she is best known for – Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. However, Dakota previously spoke of her desire to move on from the role after wrapping the third film, Fifty Shades Freed.
“I’m ready to do other stuff,” she told Britain’s Glamour magazine in January. “And maybe they will be sexy (projects), or maybe they will be the complete opposite. But I do know that I’m ready to move on.”