Dakota Johnson is about to have a busy year ahead — the “Social Network” thesp just booked three roles.
Johnson, the 22-year-old daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, has signed on to “Goats” starring David Duchonvy and Vera Farmiga; Universal’s “Five Year Engagement”; and Sony’s “21 Jump Street.”
She is currently shooting “Goats,” will jump right into “Five Year Engagement” when she’s through, and will follow that up with “21 Jump Street” this summer.
Christopher Neil will helm “Goats,” which tells the story of a 15-year-old leaving his home in the foothills of Tuscon for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school.
“Five Year Engagement” stars Jason Segel and follows the ups and downs of a recently engaged couple. Nicholas Stoller is directing with Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman producing.
“21 Jump Street” stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and is a remake of the 1987 Fox series that starred Johnny Depp. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing.
Johnson was most recently seen in CBS Films “Beastly” and Sony’s “The Social Network” as the Stanford girl who sleeps with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) without realizing who he is.
Acting was written in the stars for Dakota Johnson, but she’s not going to be rushed by Hollywood’s expectations (or those of her famous parents).
“I never had that moment,” says Dakota Johnson, about the epiphany of choosing to be an actress. “I was never thinking, I am going to be an actor, I am going to make films.” Nonetheless, Johnson is moving at lightning speed toward the success that many might view as her birthright—her parents are actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith—with only her guts as a navigating force. Through it all, she demonstrates cool humility and self-awareness. On a sunny May day in New York, the 21-year-old actress is exhausted, having slept only three hours the night before. But Johnson was not partying with other famous children-of; she was on set with a fifty-year-old Eskimo.
Her late night was due to her latest movie Theo, a genre-bending film that is part-documentary, part-fiction, about an Eskimo from the Arctic visiting our society to share a prophetic message of the importance of conservation. Johnson plays a homeless girl who befriends him. “It’s about relationships and the way that people are treated,” says Johnson, who prepared for this film by researching the homeless, who were previously invisible to her. Filled with a new sense of compassion, Johnson says the project has made her “more conscious of everyone.” She reaches for her menthol American Spirits in a delirious state of sleepiness and cracks a smile before the interview begins.