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.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Alexandra Loewy as executive producer. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.
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.