According to Dakota's IMDb page, she only has two projects on the horizon for 2018, but they're biggies: Ocean's 8 and The Bell Jar. Granted, she's not one of "the eight" in Ocean's 8, the all-female spin off of the Clooney-led Ocean's franchise, but there's almost no way that movie won't be an instant hit. So that's a guaranteed win for Dakota no matter how small the role.
As for The Bell Jar, that's a different story. Though it will be the second film adaptation of a hugely popular novel, the current iteration has languished in so-called "development hell" for years, with Julia Stiles originally attached to it for years only to relinquish the rights after failing to get it off the ground.
Now it's Dakota's turn to tackle the adaptation as both a first-time producer, and in the starring role. It's also a ground-breaker for Kirsten Dunst, who co-wrote the script (her first feature screenplay), and who will helm the whole project in her feature directorial debut. All that said, there seems to be a lot riding on The Bell Jar for both former child stars, and with Dakota's schedule pretty much clear aside from it, we're thinking that despite her claim that she'll follow her passions — critics be damned — she's still plotting her next career move based on how well it's received.