Your newest source for the star of '50 shades of grey' Dakota Johnson

On Thursday, DEADLINE announced that Dakota Johnson is in talks to play Spider-Man’s multiverse superhero Madame Web . Check out the news below:

EXCLUSIVE: Sony is looking to to expand on its universe of Marvel characters as sources tell Deadline that Dakota Johnson is in talks to star in the studio’s Madame Web movie. S.J. Clarkson is on board to direct the pic. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penned the screenplay.

In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to a life support system that looked like a spider web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought any villains. For that reason, sources have stressed it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say due to her psychic sensory powers, she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange.

Sony execs have taken their time in figuring out who would land the title role, meeting with a number of A-listers. In the last two months, the list has been cut down, with Johnson gaining front-runner status right before the holiday.

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Dakota Johnson is attached to executive produce and star in Rodeo Queens, a comedy, which Amazon Studios nabbed in a competitive situation from Platform One Media (a Boat Rocker Company) in association with TeaTime Pictures for series development. Christy Hall, the co-creator and executive producer of Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This, created the series and will serve as showrunner. Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein is directing.

The new series, which will soon open its writers room, follows an ensemble of Rodeo Queen hopefuls as they compete for the coveted crown.

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Theater director Carrie Cracknell, who directed ‘Sea Wall/ A Life’ on Broadway, will make her feature filmmaking debut with the project.

Dakota Johnson has signed on to star in Persuasion, Netflix and MRC Entertainment’s modern take on the Jane Austen novel.

Theater director Carrie Cracknell, who directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/ A Life on Broadway, will make her feature-helming debut with the project. Production is expected to begin in May.

Described by Netflix and MRC as a “modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true” to the novel, the logline per the companies is thus: “Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth — the dashing one she once sent away — crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.

Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow wrote the script.

Andrew Lazar, who last produced YA movie Clouds, and Christina Weiss Lurie, who worked on Halle Berry’s upcoming directorial debut, Bruised, are producing.

Exec producing are Elizabeth Cantillon via her untitled MRC Films romance label, Michael Constable and David Fliegel.

Persuasion was the last of Austen’s novels and published in 1817, soon after her death. It has seen several screen adaptations, all in the TV sphere, as well as a handful of stage versions.

Johnson, repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment, last starred with Tracee Ellis Ross in Universal’s The High Note. She will next be seen in The Lost Daughter, a drama directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal that also stars Olivia Colman, and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s Am I OK?

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Dakota Johnson is in negotiations to join the starry ensemble of “Don’t Worry, Darling,” a psychological thriller from director Olivia Wilde, sources tell Variety.

Johnson will appear alongside the previously announced cast of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine. Wilde has a key supporting role onscreen.

Though little is known about the movie’s plot, “Don’t Worry, Darling” is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert.
New Line Cinemas is backing “Don’t Worry, Darling” and considers it a high priority, having landed the rights after a heated bidding war due to the critical acclaim of Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart.”

“Don’t Worry, Darling” reunites Johnson with LaBeouf, her co-star in 2019’s indie hit “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

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Dakota Johnson and Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross of TV’s Black-ish have signed on as the leads in Covers, a comedy set among the talent, fame and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene from Focus Features and Working Title Films. Nisha Ganatra, whose comedy Late Night made a big splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is directing the pic from a script penned by Flora Greeson.

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