I love it when I can report on news that makes me happy! As you are aware, I’m a huge supporter of the very talented yet largely underappreciated Scarlett Johansson. I find her alluring and multi-faceted despite the media and her questionable film roles emphasizing her physique instead of her talent. I’ve reported on her more recent film choices with anticipation (her work forthcoming with Glazer, Gordon-Levitt and Besson all sound exciting and potentially career resurrecting) and now I get to talk about another decision of hers that I think will have a huge impact on her career resurgence; her directorial debut!
It isn’t exactly rare for actors to take their seat behind the camera. Ben Affleck is a very notable and obvious example of this, but we also have the likes of Angelina Jolie, Helen Hunt, Ben Stiller, Mel Gibson and even Sophia Coppola (if you could call her work in ‘The Godfather III’ acting) who have all done this. Actors actually can make great directors because they work so closely with directors, and actors can make exceptional ‘actor’s directors’ in that they can manage to pull out some amazing performances.
|I can't wait to read this!|
|Taking on the legend is certainly ambitious!|
The story is of a young 17 year-old debutant who falls for a Jewish valet and decides to abandon her parents travels through Paris in order to be with the boy during a 1945 NYC heat wave. It sounds like the type of material thought could either go very profound and artistic in the right hands, or very juvenile and ‘Nicolas Sparks cliché’ in the wrong hands. I have no idea what kind of hands Scarlett has, but I’m rooting for her. This could be an amazing debut for her. She certainly picked a great literary mind to adapt, and it shows that she has serious taste, despite the fact that she’s starring in a superhero franchise (low blow, I know).
So, I’m ordering the novel from Amazon today! I’ll be reading this and then I can officially weigh in on whether or not this was a smart decision on ScarJo’s part, but I have a feeling I’ll wind up even more anxious to see her work on the film.