Dakota Fanning Seems Intent on Creeping Me Out

At the ripe old age of 12, Dakota Fanning has decided to take on some decidedly adult themes with her latest movie role, which will require her to be shown in a very graphic rape scene. The New York Daily news reports:

The screenplay for “Hounddog” – a dark story of abuse, violence and Elvis Presley adulation in the rural South, written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier – calls for Fanning’s character to be raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in “underpants” in several other horrifying moments.

Fanning’s mother, Joy, and her Hollywood agent, Cindy Osbrink, see the movie as a possible Oscar vehicle for the pint-size star. But despite Fanning’s status as a bankable actress – whose movies, including last year’s “War of the Worlds,” have earned more than half a billion dollars since 2001 – the alarming material seems to have scared off potential investors from the under-$5 million indie project.

What the hell is wrong with her parents? I understand that they want to groom Dakota to become an Oscar-winning adult actress, but jeez, now that the kid’s already made them way more money than they need to retire comfortably, how about at least waiting until she gets her period before she has to deal with a simulated rape scene?