Sunday, 4 December 2016

Scarlett Johansson attached to Zelda Fitzgerald biopic The Beautiful And The Damned

Anything Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) is looking to do... Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) will also do? Just days after it was announced that Lawrence is attached to a film about troubled writer Zelda Fitzgerald comes word via The Hollywood Reporter that Johansson is also considering a project about her called The Beautiful And The Damned.

The Johansson starring take on Fitzgerald's life comes from Millennium Films, with a script from Hanna Weg (Septembers Of Shiraz) whose title is a play on the novel by Zelda's husband, Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote the book as a thinly veiled story of their marriage. And unlike the competition, it will boast the cooperation of the Fitzgerald estate, which has offered a treasure trove of newly discovered transcripts from the sanatorium where Fitzgerald was confined that point to her husband appropriating some of her ideas as his own. Zelda's turbulent life as an accomplished writer, socialite wife to Fitzgerald and woman troubled by mental health issues is a compelling one and it is not tough to see why actors and filmmakers might be attracted to it. Millennium Films' effort doesn't have a director as yet, while the team aiming to put Lawrence on screen is looking to make a deal with Ron Howard (Rush) to handle the job, which would certainly give it added cachet.

And those are not the only projects bubbling away in development about Zelda. Amazon have small screen drama Z: The Beginning Of Everything, starring Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan) in the works. Watch this space to see which of the various projects makes it out first.

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