Scarlett Johansson to Star in Limited Series Based on Edith Wharton Novel

Scarlett Johansson to Star in Edith
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Scarlett Johansson is headed to TV.

The “Avengers” and “Lucy” actress will star in a limited series for Sony Pictures TV based on the 1913 Edith Wharton novel “The Custom of the Country,” sources confirm. Johansson will also executive produce the eight-episode series, which is about to hit the market, from Charles Finch’s Pink Sands.

Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) is set to write from his original screenplay. “Custom of the Country” follows Midwestern girl Undine Spragg, to be played by Johansson, who attempts to rise in New York City society.

Wharton’s Pulitzer-winning novel “Age of Innocence” was also brought to screen in 1993 in a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The author is also known for “The Reef” and “The House of Mirth,” both of which were adapted to features in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Finch and Hampton are also exec producing with Johansson. Johansson is repped by CAA and LBI and can next be seen in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Deadline.com first broke the news.

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  1. Rena Moretti says:

    So now Scarlett will bring her bad acting to television, just like all those awful theatrical movie directors (like Len Wiseman)bring their lack of talent to TV. Small wonder the ratings keep crashing…

  2. Patrick says:

    How do you write an original screenplay based on a book?

  3. Matt says:

    Angie, you’ve got problems if someone you don’t know brings that reaction inside of you. Seek help. This will be great!

    • Angie says:

      So, I’m not allowed to dislike an actress because I don’t like her acting? Or the source material because I find it boring and dated?

      • Rena Moretti says:

        What you wrote was taken down apparently, but I don’t like her “acting” either. I find her to be a horrid actress.

        Also agree about the source material, but others might disagree.

        About what Patrick said: Yes, that the executives’ idea of doing something “original”. Not that at this point if they went back to ordering original projects they’d be much better as they’d still hire the same bad writers to write them and they’d still do a gazillion re-writes to wring the life out of them, but at least it’d signify that originality is not prohibited in Hollywood like it is now.

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