Per Collider, Dakota Johnson (Suspiria) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) will star in the music comedy Covers. Nisha Ganatra (Late Night) will direct, with the project recently moving from Universal to its sister label Focus Features.


Flora Greeson has written the script, which is set in the fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene. Johnson will play an aspiring music producer who is forced to endure a gruelling job as an assistant to a legendary singer, while trying to launch her own career.


Ganatra’s Late Night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, premiered to rave reviews at Sundance, and was subsequently bought by Amazon for $13 million. She’s also directed episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, and Love.


Johnson recently starred in the Suspiria remake, and has some interesting projects lined up such as The Friend alongside Jason Segel and Casey Affleck, and the thriller Wounds with Armie Hammer. Ross is best known for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish, for which she won a Golden Globe. She also stars in Girlfriends.


Universal recently pledged to join Times Up’s 4% Challenge, a commitment to working with more female directors. Pairing these three talented women together should be a recipe for success. There’s currently no expected start date for Covers, but expect it to take shape after Late Night hits cinemas on Friday, June 7.



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