Movie star Scarlett Johansson is the latest actress to jump over to television from the movies, as she joins the production of “The Custom of the Country” from Sony Pictures TV. Read on for the details.
In a report published on Deadline, the “Avengers” and “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson is set to star in the adaptation of the book written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton. “The Custom of the Country,” which Wharton released in 1913, is marked for an eight-episode run on television. Aside from leading the cast, the actress will also executive produce the show.
The period piece is being touted for airing on a premium cable channel, which has yet to be settled. The adaptation from book to TV will be written by Christopher Hampton, the British playwright and screenwriter whose credits include doing the screenplay for the films “Atonement” and “Dangerous Liasons.” Hampton, in fact, wrote a screenplay for “The Custom of the Country” nearly 20 years ago, but the project did not push through. Hampton also adapted “The Age of Innocence” with Michelle Pfeiffer, which was released in theaters in 1993.
The story of “The Custom of the Country” centers on a heroine named Undine Spragg (Johansson), who is described as ruthless, ambitious and gorgeous. Spragg’s ascent to high society in New York will show the conflicts that will eventually cause the downfall of the former Midwesterner.
Spragg is not the very first character Johansson would play on television though. The actress, who has worked primarily for the movies, was in the pilot episode of “The Client,” which aired in 1995. She has also been doing voice work for “Robot Chicken,” an animated show on Adult Swim.
Signing on “The Custom of the Country,” however, would be the first major TV role for Johansson, and she joins the list of already established movie stars who are giving television a try, such as Matthew McConaughey and more recently, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, who will be seen in the latest season of “True Detective.”
We’ll be keeping tabs of news and updates about “The Custom of the Country” with Scarlett Johansson here on Movie News Guide (MNG), so keep coming back for more.
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