Elaine May to direct new Dakota Johnson film

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Elaine May recently won the Tony Award for Best Actress as a dementia patient in Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery alongside Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera, as well as Joan Allen. (Image Courtesy: Vanity Fair).

At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s Governors Awards, Dakota Johnson told a journalist she would star in eighty-seven-year-old Elaine May’s upcoming project, Crackpot, according to Vanity Fair. Little is known about the film, but if May’s improv partnership with Mike Nichols, “Nichols and May,” is any indication, it is apt to be a comedy on par with her A New Leaf (1971) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972), though it could be a drama like Mikey and Nicky (1976). May hasn’t sat in the director’s chair since her fourth movie, Ishtar (1987), starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.