The Word: Scarlett Johansson will make directorial debut with Capote novel

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After years as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Scarlett Johansson is stepping behind the camera.

Her first feature as a director will be an adaptation of the Truman Capote novel “Summer Crossing,” according to Deadline.

“Summer Crossing” tells the story of a 17-year-old debutante who skips her parents’ European trip to hang around New York City during a summer heat wave, and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish valet parking attendant. The suspense is already riveting: What’s a valet parking attendant doing in New York City?

Seriously, the story sounds like a good fit for Johansson, who grew up in New York City herself. “Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skylar to adapt ‘Summer Crossing’, an inspired early work of Truman’s which has long captured my heart,” Johansson told reporters. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

Maybe directing will take the sting out of losing the role she wanted in “Les Miserables.” Scarlett admits that she had a shot at Anne Hathaway‘s Oscar-winning role in “Les Mis,” but some voice trouble plagued her audition. “I sang my little heart out,” Johansson tells Broadway.com. “I auditioned with laryngitis. I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis.”

But Johansson, currently starring on Broadway in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” insists there are no hard feelings. “Looking at the film now, there’s no possible way I ever could have topped that performance,” she says of Hathaway’s turn. “It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be.”



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