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March 07, 2017 at 08:50 PM EST

Dakota Johnson is going from courtship to the courtroom.

The Fifty Shades Darker actress is set to star in Unfit, a drama about a notorious 1927 Supreme Court case that permitted the forced sterilization of “undesirable” citizens, EW has confirmed.

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Based on Adam Cohen’s nonfiction book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, the film will chronicle the story of a poor young Virginia woman who was declared “feebleminded” and sterilized by the state in what has since been recognized as a gross miscarriage of justice.

“Like many, I was not privy to this shocking and fascinating moment in American history,” Johnson told Deadline Hollywood, which first reported the news. “I quickly became obsessed with the prospect of shedding light on the massive misstep in American justice. Carrie Buck’s story is poignant and galvanizing, and certain aspects are unnervingly congruent with the relationship between the government and women today.”

Lawyer-turned-screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers penned the script for Unfit, which was acquired by Amazon Studios. Brett Ratner and John Cheng are producing, and Johnson will serve as an executive producer.

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