‘Breaking Dawn’ Star Dakota Fanning In Talks For ‘If I Stay’

Summit Entertainment likes to keep its “Twilight” stars in the family. The studio kept Robert Pattinson in the mix with romantic drama “Remember Me” and cut another check to Billy Burke for the upcoming action flick “Drive Angry.” Then there’s Dakota Fanning, who not only starred in the sci-fi “Push” but in the last two “Twilight” flicks as well. And as she gears up for work on “Breaking Dawn,” she just might be staying put with Summit.

The 16-year-old actress is in talks to star in Summit’s “If I Stay,” a supernatural story adapted from Gayle Forman’s young adult novel, according to Variety.

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke was originally attached to direct the film, with Summit chief Erik Feig saying in 2009, “When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke.” But now Hardwicke is out — off to direct “Red Riding Hood” with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman — and Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia is in.

“If I Stay” follows a gifted classical musician named Mia (to be played by Fanning) and her indie rocker boyfriend. Mia and her family suffer a devastating car accident, leaving the young girl trapped between life and death and forced to decide if she has the will to live.

There’s no word yet about when the film will shift into production, but Fanning should be busy for a while with the two parts of “Breaking Dawn.”


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  1. Dakota is one of my favorite young adult actresses. I still can’t get over how old she is, seems like yesterday she was this adorable little girl in “I am Sam”.