Scarlett Johansson — whose Lucy put up $400 million at the global box-office over the summer, proving that women can lead an action pic, even if the action pic is shitty — is the latest A-list movie star to sign on for a television series, because that’s where all the cred is at, these days.
I wish I could be more excited about the project itself, but period-and-costume devotees and lovers and fine literature may be excited to learn that Johansson will star in and produce an eight-episode limited series based on The Custom Of The Country, from Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Edith Wharton.
Not my bag.
The series will be written by British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) from his original screenplay, originally written twenty years ago with Michelle Pfeiffer in mind.
Here’s a description of the film from Deadline:
Custom Of The Country is described as a scathing story of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature, Undine Spragg, who will be played by Johansson in her first major TV role. Undine is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from her nouveau riche roots provides a provocative and thoroughly modern commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin.
If ScarJo has to wear uncomfortable clothing, I prefer leather to corsets.