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Dakota Johnson & Tracee Ellis Ross To Star In 'Covers'

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus will partner with Working Title Films on Covers starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross. A comedy set among the talent, fame, and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene, the production marks the follow-up film for Late Night director Nisha Ganatra with a screenplay written by Flora Greeson.

Johnson is a BAFTA nominated and award-winning actress and producer. She starred as Anastasia Steele in Universal’s billion-dollar Fifty Shades franchise. She’s a repeat collaborator of Luca Guadagnino, having starred in his films Suspiria and A Bigger Splash. Her other film credits including Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, David Fincher’s The Social Network and Bad Times at the El Royale. She’ll next be seen starring in The Peanut Butter Falcon, The Friend and Invisible Filth which recently premiered at Sundance and Cannes. Ross is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist, best known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the series black-ish and playing Joan Clayton on the long-running hit series Girlfriends.

“Together Dakota and Tracee are an undeniable force of comedic talent, and along with our friends at Working Title and our director Nisha, we can’t wait to see them go head to head on this new project,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.

Johnson is represented by WME, Lighthouse Management and Media, and Ziffren Brittenham. Ross is represented by UTA, Artists First, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Ganatra is represented by ICM and Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman.

About Focus Features

Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Neil Jordan’s thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s directorial debut The Mustang; Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; Working Title and Blueprint Picture’s new adaptation of Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn; Kevin Costner and Diane Lane led Let Him Go; Jon Stewart’s Irresistible starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, and Chris Coopers; Participant Media’s Untitled Todd Haynes’ film with Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway; Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho from Working Title; and the anticipated Downtown Abbey movie starring the entire original cast. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including The Dead Don’t Die; Harriet; Downtown Abbey; Greta; The Mustang; Emma; Let Him Go; Irresistible; and Last Night in Soho.

Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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