Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson could be making her way to Linlithgow… if a bid by West Lothian Council succeeds. It was announced at the Cannes Film Festival this week that the top actress has been signed to play Mary, Queen of Scots â€” the tragic monarch who was born at Linlithgow Palace.
The new movie is set to become one of the most significant historical films about Scotland since Braveheart.
And, keen to get a slice of the big-budget Hollywood epic, the council is planning to invite the production company to film at the birthplace of Mary Stuart.
For her sequel as the face of another Louis Vuitton campaign [third time, actually], Scarlett Johansson played a role with which she’s extremely familiar: movie star. Evoking at turns Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, Johansson displays voluptuous glamour in the color-drenched fall spots, slated to break in August fashion magazines.
“In this one, she’s much more recognizable,” said Antoine Arnault, Vuitton’s communications director, who allowed that the actress is not always immediately identifiable in the current spring ads in her role as the French-coquette-on-a-swing.
Nevertheless, Arnault dubbed the current campaign a success. He noted that Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs “adores” Johansson and based his fall-winter collection for the house around her character in Girl With a Pearl Earring, the 2003 feature film about a peasant girl who becomes the model for 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s most famous work.
The fall campaign, lensed by Vuitton regulars Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, plays up the painterly colors of the ready-to-wear. “It’s probably one of the most beautiful campaigns Mert and Marcus have ever shot,” Arnault said. “It’s a very iconic campaign.”
For those who are interested, Scarlett Johansson has been placed #3 on Maxim‘s 8th annual Hot 100 list and FHM‘s the Sexiest Women of 2007 poll. Maxim listed her as #6 while FHM #1 back in 2006. Besides Scarlett, Maxim‘s top ten includes Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Biel, Ali Larter, Eva Mendez, Rihanna, Eva Longoria and Fergie. Here’s what they had to say about our girl:
This 22-year-old face of Louis Vuitton has chalked up several memorable moments on film: the time she appeared in sheer pink panties (Lost in Translation), the time she went ape-shit and got herself shotgunned to death (Match Point), the time sheâ€¦ Well, we could go on, but the point is this: With a face and body as celebrated as her body of work, it only seems fair to put her on a pedestal once again.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media will fund and produce a movie about Mary Queen of Scots with Scarlett Johansson attached.
The financier and producer also said Thursday that Relativity has acquired the rights to the Tom Clancy fictional character John Kelly and will produce a movie version of the writer’s bestseller Without Remorse. Screenplay is being written by Stuart Beattie.
In its four years as a film investor, Relativity said it has pumped roughly $4.5 billion into Hollywood studio slates or into specific films being made by independents. Kavanaugh described the individual production partners with whom the company is working as “our portfolio managers,” stressing that he primarily wants to be in business with those producers who are adept at making profitable as well as entertaining movies.
The Mary Queen of Scots project will be produced by Kavanaugh as well as New Regency’s Alexandra Milchan and Melanie Johanasson. Project will be penned by Jimmy McGovern and directed by John Curran. Capitol Films is handling worldwide rights here in Cannes.
Ms. Johansson’s publicist has informed me that despite the rumors currently circling online, there is no truth to Scarlett joining the cast of Roman Polanski’s Pompeii.
Also, Mary Queen of Scots has been postponed so it will not be shot this summer/fall. Scarlett’s next movie will be the Woody Allen Spanish Project, which is set to begin filming in July in Barcelona and Asturias. But before that, she will record her album next month.