EXCLUSIVE: Fans of Dakota Fanning were keen on the teen actress tackling a serious dramatic role as the lead in the supernatural drama "If I Stay".
But a source familiar with the film said that, after the announcement in October that the star would take the part, Fanning has opted not to make the movie. which leaves her without a new leading role (and also, incidentally, throws the project into question).
Based on Gayle Forman's young adult novel about a teenage musician, her boyfriend and a fatal car accident, "Stay" has been a high priority for "Twilight" studio Summit.
But the project has now lost it's star after previously losing a director (Catherine Hardwick was attached before leaving to shoot the dark fable "Red Riding Hood", she has been replaced by a Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia). The studio also might have some reservations about the film in the wake of the poor performance of another supernatural teen drama, "Charlie St. Cloud", earlier this year. A Summit spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. source