DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: In her first major foray into television, Scarlett Johansson is set to star in and executive produce Just Cause, a thriller limited series based on John Katzenbach’s 1992 novel. In a very competitive situation, the project, from writer Christy Hall (I’m Not OK With This, Daddio), Johansson’s These Pictures banner and Warner Bros. TV, has landed at Amazon Studios with a straight-to-series order for Prime Video.
In the TV adaptation, the book’s male protagonist, Miami newspaper editorial writer Matt Cowart, is undergoing a gender swap, with Johansson playing the series’ female lead Madison “Madi” Cowart, a struggling reporter for a Florida newspaper sent to cover the final days of an inmate on death row.
Johannson, a two-time Oscar nominee and a Tony winner, has a personal connection to the title. At age 10, she appeared in Warner Bros.’ 1995 feature adaptation of Katzenbach’s book in only her second film role. She played the daughter of the main character, who was revamped as Harvard law professor Paul Armstrong and was played by Sean Connery. (You can watch a scene between the two of them below)
Hall executive produces the Just Cause limited series alongside Johansson, Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn of These Pictures. Zara Duffy, Head of Television for These Pictures, is overseeing for the company. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
The cast of the 1995 Just Cause film, directed by Arne Glimcher, also starred Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Ruby Dee and Ed Harris.
These Pictures is currently in production on the Greg Berlanti-directed Apple film Project Artemis, in which Johansson also stars opposite Channing Tatum.
Johansson, who ended her tenure in the MCU with her final outing as Black Widow in the standalone Marvel film, reprised her voice role as Ash in the Sing sequel. She can be seen in Wes Anderson’s next film Asteroid City. In TV, Johansson is known for her six hosting stints on Saturday Night Live and additional appearances as Ivanka Trump. Her only other TV series credit is a recurring voiceover role on Robot Chicken from 2006-08. Johansson is repped by CAA and attorney Kevin Yorn at Yorn Levine.
Hall, a LA-based playwright and screenwriter, co-developed and executive produced the Netflix/21 Laps 2020 series I’m Not OK With This, an adaptation of Charles Foreman’s graphic novel.
She is next making her directorial debut with Daddio, which she adapted from her play of the same name. Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn star in the movie, which starts production this week. Hall also wrote the English language remake of Joachim Trier’s film Thelma, for FilmNation and Craig Gillespie, and also adapted Hold Back the Stars for Dan Cohen at 21 Laps and Lionsgate and Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon for Vertigo and Village Roadshow. In TV, Hall recently served as consulting producer on Apple’s Servant and the upcoming Untitled Damien Chazelle. Hall is repped by CAA, Grandview, and attorney Miles Metcoff at Yorn Levine.
On behalf of myself, Adoring Scarlett Johansson visitors, and the rest of Scarlett’s fans, I would like to wish her a very happy 38th birthday! We all are wishing you a great year full of happiness, joy, love, luck, success, health and peace. And most importantly, thank you for being such a wonderful person and role model for young girls, and for being inspiration to all of us.
Scarlett teamed up with David Yurman for an event to support the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City on Wednesday night. Photos have been added into the gallery, along with a few photos from The Outset’s Exfoliating Launch back in September!
Scarlett sat down with Dax Shepard for his 500th episode of his podcast to talk about her career and her skin issues that led to becoming a founding member of The Outset.
SHAPE – The actress recently launched her own skin-care line — and now, she’s revealing the emotional relationship she has to the way her own skin has changed throughout the years.
Scarlett Johansson knows from her own experience that adult acne isn’t merely annoying — it can really affect a person’s self-image.
When the Black Widow star was getting her foothold in Hollywood, she was dealing with breakouts and all the insecurities that come with them. It’s a struggle she still remembers today.
“I still look back at photos of me on the red carpet in my twenties, and I’m like, ‘I remember that pimple,'” Johansson tells People. “It was terrible. I would cover my acne before I even got in the makeup chair [while filming movies] just so that I didn’t feel so exposed. It really does affect how you feel about yourself and you just want to scrub it away.”
Johansson admits that she has tried “every kind of acne peel and mask and resurfacing polish” — but that approach backfired. Eventually, the actress decided that what her skin needed was a pared-down routine made of simple products.
And so she’s created the type of products that her skin craves. The Outset, a line co-created by Johansson and beauty veteran Kate Foster, is composed of a tiny range of “consciously clean” products formulated without harsh actives or common allergens. The line is meant to simplify your skin-care routine into an everyday three-step solution.”I feel confident about our products — they’re just so reliable,” says Johansson in the People interview. “The transparency of what’s in the line and what it’s doing sets it apart. We call it the white tee shirt of skincare because it pairs well with other stuff.”
Johansson is aware that she’s not the first celebrity to launch a skin-care line — and that the general public may be skeptical about the quality of The Outset’s products. But Johansson’s line is all about a minimalistic approach, which sets it apart, according to the actress.
Like so many people, when Johansson feels great in her own skin, the rest falls into place seamlessly. And now, as the world begins to recover from the effects of Covid, she’s taking full advantage of that.
“We’ve all been in COVID for such a long time, and then like now reemerging. I’ve started wearing lipstick again, which is so exciting,” Johansson tells People. “If my skin looks good, I feel like all I need is lipstick and I’m good to go.”
I’ve just added photos from Scarlett’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show into the photo gallery, so head over and check them out!
Did you miss Scarlett’s visit to Kelly Clarkson this afternoon talking about baby names, a possible Sing 3, and The Outset? Watch the clips below!