INDIEWIRE – Scarlett Johansson is taking on a new, less controversial, role. The actress is reportedly set to play the famous novelist Zelda Fitzgerald in the upcoming feature The Beautiful and Damned, according to Tracking Board.
The film, written by Hanna Weg, centers on the tumultuous and overwhelming relationship between Zelda and the Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their doomed love was filled with jealousy and drama, which makes it perfect for the big screen.
Known as “the first American flapper,” Fitzgerald gave her the name “flapper” for her inhabited lifestyle. The novelist gained much inspiration from his wife, using her as material for his books such as Tender is the Night and The Beautiful and The Damned, which is said to draw close to their marriage.
Zelda also took her personal life to the pages, her novel Save Me the Waltz is a semi-autobiographical look at her marriage. She also faced many obstacles during her lifetime and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Always trying to find herself artistically, she ended up being admitted to a sanatorium. At one point, Nick Cassavetes was rumored to direct the film with Keira Knighley attached.
Johansson recently received backlash and was accused of “whitewashing” her role in anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, character originally written for a Japanese actress. Currently she can be heard in The Jungle Book and be next seen as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War.