Scarlett Johansson is in early talks to star in the Focus Features drama “Reflective Light,” sources tell Variety.
Art photographer Gregory Crewdson is making his directing debut with Marc Platt producing along with Platt Productions’ Jared LeBoff. The film is an adaptation of the 2014 Carla Buckley novel “The Deepest Secret,” which Crewdson and partner Juliane Hiam have adapted.
The pic follows a teenage boy who suffers from a malady that makes him gravely allergic to sunlight. If Johansson’s deal goes through, she would play his mother, so devoted to her son’s care that she has alienated the rest of their family, creating an oddly sustainable nocturnal lifestyle for him at the expense of her own well-being. When a neighborhood girl goes missing, the balance that kept them afloat begins to unravel.
Focus acquired the rights to the movie right before this year’s Cannes Film Festival and hopes to start production next year.
The film would mark a change of pace for Johansson, who has been busy in action and comedy movies including this year’s “Ghost in the Shell” and the Sony comedy “Rough Night.” She can be seen next in “Avengers: Infinity War” and is also lending her voice to Wes Anderson’s animated “Isle of Dogs.”
She is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
We should have seen this coming. After nearly 10 years together, running away from a thousand explosions and earning billions of dollars, there was only one place the cast of Marvel’s Avengers movies could possibly go. Really, it’s the only thing that makes sense. They are, at long last, doing Our Town together. And it’s for a good cause!
It was announced on Friday that Scarlett Johansson will lead Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo—with more actors to be announced—in a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1938 play. They’re all down in Atlanta filming whatever the next Avengers movie is, Avengers: Chipwrecked I think, and have decided to band together, like only the Avengers can, to do a one-night-only reading to benefit hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Johansson got her New York theater pal Kenny Leon to come down and direct, and a lucky few will get to see the fruits of their labor on November 6.
Wouldn’t that be a dream to see? I assume Johansson will be playing Emily, who doesn’t realize how sweet and precious our short lives on this Earth are until she loses her own. I also assume that Downey Jr., as the paterfamilias of the Avengers clan, will be playing the Stage Manager, the sort of spiritual guide through the play who gets some killer lines about, well, the fleeting nature of existence. Chris Evans will, I’m guessing, be Emily’s beau, George, and Mark Ruffalo will be . . . I dunno, one of the dads? There are plenty more roles to be doled out, so I’m sure Johansson can corral some of her other Avengers pals to join her. Don Cheadle as sad Simon Stimson? Gwyneth Paltrow as gossipy Mrs. Soames? The possibilities are endless.
Hopefully there will be some recording of this event. There’s something awfully quaint and endearing about it, isn’t there? That after all this boom and rattle and global domination, this troupe of actors is doing nothing fancier or bigger than a little reading of Our Town, one of the most winsomely, wistfully American plays in existence. The Avengers cast is doing what so many high-school students have done before them, giving voice to Thornton’s melancholy poetry about small towns and vast mysteries. I’m sure they’ll do those words proud.
And they’re raising money for Puerto Rico, which is very important. The president of the United States maybe says there’s only so much we can do about American citizens living without electricity or clean water for potentially months on end, but the cast of the Avengers knows that’s not entirely true. So they’re doing what they can do, what they were always destined to do. They’re putting on their best turn-of-the-century New Hampshire accents and are puttin’ on a play. We salute them. And we beg them for a house seat.