Kirsten Dunst Will Direct Dakota Fanning In ‘The Bell Jar’ Adaptation

Kirsten Dunst has been tapped to direct a movie adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s classic 1963 novel The Bell Jar , according to The Hollywood Reporter. The “Fargo” actress will also reportedly co-write the project with Nellie Kim.

Dakota Fanning is set to play Ester Greenwood, a young woman who lands a summer internship at a prestigious New York magazine and later falls into a deep depression.

This is the second film adaptation of Plath’s most beloved work. A version starring Marilyn Hasset as Greenwood was released to middling reviews in 1979.

Dunst made her directorial debut in 2010 with the short film “Bastard, ” but “The Bell Jar” marks her first foray into directing feature films.

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