The play is still in previews at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, but writer Dan Gordon is already eyeing a film version of Irena’s Vow, and he’s got a particular star in mind: Scarlett Johansson. Gordon, author of the screenplays for movies such as Passenger 57, Wyatt Earp and The Hurricane, told The New York Times that initial overtures have been made to Johansson to play World War II heroine Irena Gut Opdyke in an independent feature film version that he plans to adapt and direct himself this fall.
Tovah Feldshuh is playing Irena on Broadway in a performance in which she shifts from an old woman narrating her own story to flashback scenes as an 18-year-old Polish Catholic teenager. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent Nazi major. During her two years of service, she risked her life in order to save the lives of 12 Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care.
It’s official! Scarlett Johansson takes the cover of April’s Vogue Paris photographed by Mario Sorrenti.
A bunch of new international magazines have been added to the gallery. Mainly German features from 2008 and 2009. Thanks to ‘Tinker Bell’ and Mia for graciously scanning all of these.
And un-related to scans, it’s that time of year again where FHM’s annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World become crowned and the online voting is now available. Last year she was ranked at #6 so be sure to vote for Scarlett here!
Finally we wish to thank Emma-Watson.net for making us their featured website for March! Thanks!
– Magazine Scans: Last Uploads
A March 12th CNN video (here), discussing the fashion economic state, captures the Vogue Paris team handling what could be the next Vogue Paris cover (minute 2:07). This of course could be a supplement cover, or one of a few as indicative from the below image showcasing possibly different covers. Or it could be nothing.
Scarlett’s reps have confirmed to E! Online that she is indeed joining the sequel to Iron Man which the first grossed over $500 million worldwide. The deal was signed this afternoon. The second chapter is scheduled for a May 2010 release. Furthermore, long rumored Mickey Rourke is officially confirmed too. The rest of the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, and Sam Rockwell.
“Scarlett is thrilled to be a part of Iron Man.” – her rep, Marcel Pariseau
Scarlett will be playing Black Widow. There is a lot of mythology surrounding her character and several variations so we’ll just have to await how the movie’s version will feature her and of course how Scarlett Johansson adapts her. You can learn about Black Widow on Wikipedia.
The details of the plot are highly guarded at this time but it’s known that in the sequel, Mickey Rourke will play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comic book villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.
Sam Rockwell will play Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, being played by a returning Robert Downey Jr.
Source: E! Online
Some more Ironman 2 gossip from DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com:
I’ve already posted my scoop that Mickey Rourke will play the Russian villain in Iron Man 2 in a Marvel Studios deal that started out lowball and went up a lot. Now I’m told that Emily Blunt won’t be in the sequel and Black Widow will now be played by Scarlett Johannson. (Interesting because Scarlett actually screen-tested for the role and didn’t get it.) But I hear that, unlike Mickey’s money, the deal for her is “just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA,” one of my insiders says. “It’s as bad as any deal that I’ve heard. It’s lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors.” As for Blunt, I’m told she fell out not by choice but only because Fox exercised an option that the studio had from The Devil Wears Prada to make her do the upcoming film starring Jack Black, Gullivers Travels.
Eme has kindly scanned us the February 2009 issue of Spanish Elle and translated a couple of interesting quotes from Scarlett:
“I’m an actress, not a politician. If I can use my profession to make a better world, why not? I prefer talking about my collaboration with (RED) instead of talking about how much I like chicken salad, it has much more meaning to me. If I can grab people’s attention and achieve that they buy products in an intelligent way, it’s a step forward. My support doesn’t outshine the work that volunteers do, which I have witnessed in Africa. Each of them contributes considering their real possibilities. On one side there are those who dedicate all their heart and soul to help here and on the other side those who buy an object knowing that a percentage will go directly to an humanitarian organization. Both commitments are valid and not incompatible at all.”
“People from industrialized cities won’t stop buying products even though other countries are suffering. They will continue buying mobile phones, mp3, computers, clothes… and taking coffee. So why not choosing (RED) products? Here, doctors tell us that they can build hospitals thanks to that money. When you learn about that, there are no more questions. […] People don’t always have time to contribute to charity… not only can they buy the products they want this way but also help the needed.”
LeeValo also contributed gorgeous scans of Scarlett in the March 2009 issue of Italian Marie Claire.
– Magazine Scans: Elle (Spain) – February 2009
– Magazine Scans: Marie Claire (Italy) – March 2009
Scarlett Johansson has said she would love to star in an action movie full of stunts.
The 24-year-old actress – who has had some action scenes in The Island and The Spirit – is tipped for the lead roll in new movie The Amazon Warrior, set in 200 BC.
Scarlett told the Daily Telegraph: “I think I’m supposed to be a gladiatrix. These film guys are crazy about gladiatrixes. But do I fit into the Amazon mould? I’m a Danish/Jewish girl from New York. I’ve done weapons training. I’ve fired all kinds of guns: 9mm semi-automatics, machine guns, shotguns. I’ve jumped off a 60ft building. I learnt to ride for The Horse Whisperer. But I’ve never done a full-on action role.
“I guess I’m still waiting for my Cirque du Soleil moment. It would be fun.”
Today you can buy the Scarlett Johansson Collection on DVD. This is merely just a re-packaging of some of Scarlett’s previous films but it is still neat and some of you might wish to pick it up to add to your memorabilia collections.
The films included are A Good Woman (2004) where she played Meg Windermere, Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) say her as Griet, and An American Rhapsody (2001) had Scarlett playing young Suzanne Sandor.
You can buy it on Amazon for a really cheap $13.99.