Frank Miller continues to lure femmes fatales for Will Eisner’s The Spirit, lining up Eva Mendes for the key role of Sand Saref, a beauty with dangerous curves. Miller, the comic auteur making his feature-length directorial debut on the film, has welcomed acclaimed cinematographer Bill Pope to make sure the curves are in fine focus.
Mendes joins Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht in the fantasy thriller about a rookie cop (Macht) who returns from the dead to fight crime as the Spirit from the shadows of Central City.
Sand Saref is described as the only woman who could break the Spirit’s heart. As teenage lovers, the two were torn apart when Sand’s father was accidentally killed by the Spirit’s uncle.
Production will begin in October in New Mexico and will be shot entirely at Albuquerque Studios.
I’ve added film pages for He’s Just Not That Into You and The Spirit. If anyone has any further details on these movies, especially The Spirit mythology and Silk N. Floss, please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to share it with the fans.
A new The Other Boleyn Girl still was published in the latest issue of Elle magazine. I’ve added it to our gallery. Credit for the pic goes out to NataliePortman.com. Thanks to Titooy, I’ve replaced the rare My Brother the Pig stills with HQs. I’ve also added an old photoshoot in the gallery, outtakes from Teen People (1998), which see Scarlett with Jessica Biel and Kirsten Dunst. Be sure to log in to view this set.
Last but not least, the press archive has finally been updated with new items, including new The Nanny Diaries related articles. More interviews and articles will be added soon!
“For Annie, New York is just a hop across the Hudson River; it’s not like she’s from a small farming community in the Midwest, wide-eyed at these stunning material things,” says Johansson. “She reads fashion magazines, and is aware of this world. I didn’t want it to seem like she’s coming from complete innocence, didn’t want her to seem dewy-eyed. She’s sort of amused by all this extravagance, and sort of loves living, briefly, in this lap of luxury.
“But there’s another aspect, which is the women Annie meets who are also caretakers,” she adds, “who are really touching characters and who show a different side to this life. And in showing all these sides, the movie is a real love letter to New York. I hope that comes across.
– The Other Boleyn Girl > Production Stills
– My Brother the Pig > Production Stills
– Photoshoots > Teen People (1998)
Since there’s been a few new and exciting projects announced for Scarlett Johansson today, I figured I’d make a little catch-up post.
Also, for the fans planning on going to Venice – her publicist informed me that Scarlett will indeed attend The Nanny Diaries presentation later on this month! This will be her fourth time attending the festival. Back in 2004 she was even part of the jury.
– Currently: Filming of Woody Allen Spanish Project
– Next: Filming of He’s Just Not That Into You
– October: Production of The Spirit
– Winter: Filming of Mary Queen of Scots
– The Nanny Diaries: August 24, 2007
– The Other Boleyn Girl: February 29, 2008
– The Spirit: 2009
– No release date for her album as of now
Scarlett Johansson has lined up a series of roles that will see her moving quickly from modern relationships to comic strip noir to costume drama.
Johansson has joined the all-star cast of the ensemble comedy Into You, which she will shoot first, before then materializing as a femme fatale in Will Eisner’s The Spirit, being filmed by Sin City writer/director Frank Miller.
In the winter, she will don a crown for Mary Queen of Scots, a long-gestating project to which she’s has been attached to some time.
In He’s Just Not That Into You, Johansson will play a pilates instructor/aspiring singer who has an affair with a married man and hopes that he will leave his wife for her.
She joins Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore in the movie of interconnecting story arcs dealing with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.
Ken Kwapis (License to Wed) is directing the New Line movie.
For The Spirit, Miller’s adaptation of the classic Eisner film noir comic strip series, Johansson is in final negotiations to play a dangerous beauty named Silk N. Floss. Eisner’s strip was known for its women with dangerous curves, and Miller is intent on keeping that tradition. Floss is a sexy and intelligent secretary with a vindictive instinct, making her the perfect accomplice to the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), an evil mastermind.
Hollywood glamour is heading for Ely Cathedral. The world-famous landmark will be used as a location for a “major sequence” in The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kirsten Scott Thomas.
Producers contacted by the News refused to confirm which actors will be on set for filming, which is expected to commence on August 28 for three days. But they said they will be working on an important sequence for the film.
The Other Boleyn Girl, a BBC Films Production, is about the power struggles, rivalries and strained loyalty between Anne and Mary Boleyn. The film has been developed for the big screen by BBC Films after the success of the TV film of the same name, which was shown in 2003.
According to Box Office Mojo The Other Boleyn Girl has unfortunately been delayed from December 21, 2007 to February 29, 2008.