Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has signed on to star in the upcoming New Line romantic comedy How to Be Single, along with other new casting additions Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann. Community star Alison Brie is also in final negotiations to join the cast. We first reported on the project back in February, when Lily Collins was in talks to come on board, but it isn't known if she is still involved, since she wasn't mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter's new report.
The story is adapted from Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel of the same name, which will be an ensemble comedy featuring intersecting stories, in the same vein as Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into You. The plot focuses on the lifestyle of being single, from both the male and female perspectives, suggesting that it is our time out of relationships, not in them, that define us as human beings. The adaptation delves into subjects such as blind dating, casual sex, fear of commitment and when to get married. No details were given for any of the cast members' characters.
Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) is directing from an adapted screenplay originally written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (The Vow, Valentine's Day), with Dana Fox (Couples Retreat) working on the most recent draft. Dana Fox is also producing alongside John Rickard, with Marcus Viscidi, Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore serving as executive producers. No production schedule was given at this time.