Scarlett Johansson Takes on TV: Produces and Stars in Amazon Prime Video’s Gender-Bending Just Cause Adaptation

Scarlett Johansson is set to venture into the world of television with a new adaptation of John Katzenbach’s 1992 novel, Just Cause. The actress, who is 38 years old, will not only star in the series but also act as the executive producer. Amazon has already given a straight-to-series order for the project, according to reports from Deadline. The upcoming TV series holds a special place in Johansson’s heart since her first-ever movie role at the age of 10 was in the 1995 film adaptation of the same book, where she played Sean Connery’s daughter.

TV first: Scarlett Johansson will make her first major foray into television with a new TV adaptation of the 1992 John Katzenbach novel Just Cause

Scarlett Johansson is set to make her debut on television with a new TV series based on the popular novel by John Katzenbach, Just Cause. This will be a major milestone in her career as she transitions from movies to the small screen.

Straight-to-series: The 38-year-old actress will both star in the new series and serve as executive producer, with Amazon handing out a straight-to-series order, via Deadline

According to a report from Deadline, a new series will be produced and starred by a 38-year-old actress who will also hold the position of executive producer. Amazon has ordered the series straight-to-series.

Connection: The project has a special connection to Johansson, who, at just 10 years of age, starred in the 1995 movie adaptation as the daughter of Sean Connery's character

Johansson has a personal attachment to the upcoming project as she played the daughter of Sean Connery’s character in the 1995 film adaptation of the story when she was just 10 years old. Originally, the book revolved around Matt Cowart, a newspaper editor in Miami, who receives a letter from a death row inmate claiming his innocence. However, the movie version changed the protagonist to Paul Armstrong, a Harvard law professor who comes out of retirement to defend a young Black man accused of murdering a white girl. The new TV series will center around Johansson’s character, Madison ‘Madi’ Cowart, a reporter in Florida assigned to report on the last days of a condemned prisoner.

New series: This new series will follow Johansson's character, a Florida reporter named Madison 'Madi' Cowart, described as, 'a struggling reporter for a Florida newspaper sent to cover the final days of an inmate on death row'

A new television series is set to feature Scarlett Johansson as Madison ‘Madi’ Cowart, a Florida journalist sent to cover the final days of a death row inmate. The series was chosen amidst a highly competitive market, with Christy Hall (known for her work on “I Am Not Okay With This”) writing the script. Johansson will also be executive producing the show through her production company These Pictures, alongside writer Hall and These Pictures’ Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn. Though Johansson has made cameo appearances in other television shows, this role will mark her first major starring role in a TV series.

Executive producer: Johansson will executive produce through her These Pictures production company, alongside writer Hall and These Pictures' Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn

Johansson will be serving as an executive producer for the upcoming project through her production company, These Pictures. Alongside writer Hall and These Pictures’ Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn, Johansson is set to bring her producing expertise to the table. Interestingly, Johansson’s first acting job was on Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in 1994. She also appeared in the pilot episode of a TV adaptation of John Grisham’s The Client the following year. Throughout her career, Johansson has made appearances as herself on Entourage and provided voiceovers for several characters on Robot Chicken. She also voiced characters for HitRECord On TV and Assassin Banana, and portrayed Ivanka Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in both 2017 and 2018.

First gig: Her first ever professional acting gig was on a 1994 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien and she also appeared in the pilot of a TV adaptation of John Grisham's The Client in 1995

Scarlett Johansson’s acting career kicked off with a bang when she landed her first professional gig on Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in 1994. She followed this up with a role in the pilot of John Grisham’s The Client in 1995. Fast forward to today, and Johansson has established herself as a Hollywood heavyweight with roles in blockbuster films like Black Widow and Sing 2. But the actress isn’t resting on her laurels – she has two exciting projects in the pipeline: My Mother’s Wedding, directed by Kristin Scott Thomas and co-starring Freida Pinto and Siena Miller, and Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s currently filming Project Artemis alongside Channing Tatum, Ray Romano, and Jim Rash.

Coming soon: She also has My Mother's Wedding with Kristin Scott Thomas (who also directs), Freida Pinto and Siena Miller, and Wes Anderson's Asteroid City in post-production

Upcoming projects to look out for include My Mother’s Wedding, featuring Kristin Scott Thomas in the dual role of director and actress, along with Freida Pinto and Siena Miller. Additionally, there’s also Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, which is currently in post-production. Stay tuned!

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