Dakota Fanning Decides to 'Stay' in School

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Only a few months ago, Dakota Fanning's rising star landed her the lead role in "If I Stay," based on Gayle Forman's young-adult novel about a teenage musician, her boyfriend and a fatal car accident.

Now, however, the actress has opted not to make the movie.

What could be better than starring in a supernatural drama with a built-in fan base? High school, apparently.

According to a representative, the teen wants to finish her senior year without interruption and will not take on any significant roles until after she graduates next spring. The representative did confirm, however, that Fanning will shoot the two "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" films as scheduled, and may take on a smaller independent film, the L.A. Times reports.

This is bad news for the already precarious fate of "If I Stay," which has been a high priority for "Twilight" studio Summit, but is having trouble getting off the ground.

The film already lost its director, Catherine Hardwicke, when she jumped ship to shoot "Red Riding Hood" instead — and though she has since been replaced by a Brazilian filmmaker named Heitor Dhalia (who?), losing the star may put the entire project in jeopardy.

Hopefully Fanning's Senior Week will be worth it.