Scarlett Johansson is better known for starring in Marvel films. Johansson’s most recent big-screen appearance was in her final instalment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Widow. The actress also recently voiced Ash in Sing 2. After appearing in the big titles, Scarlett is all ready to move to the small screen.
Scarlett Johansson will make her first major appearance on television with a new TV adaptation of the 1992 John Katzenbach novel Just Cause. The actress will both star in the new series and serve as executive producer, with Amazon handing out a straight-to-series order, as reported by Deadline. However, the upcoming project has a special connection to Johansson as she starred in the 1995 movie adaptation as the daughter of Sean Connery’s character at the age of 10.
The original book followed a struggling Miami newspaper editorial writer named Matt Cowart, who receives a letter from a death row inmate, insisting his innocent of a heinous crime, as the journalist tries to set him free. The movie adaptation changed the main character to Sean Connery’s Paul Armstrong, a Harvard law professor who is brought back into the courtroom to help a young Black man (Blair Underwood) who is accused of brutally murdering a young white girl.
Meanwhile, the upcoming 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.’ The series was picked up in what was described as ‘a very competitive situation’ with Christy Hall (I Am Not Okay With This) writing the series.
The role will mark her first major starring role in a TV series, though she has appeared briefly in other shows throughout her career. 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. However, the actress is currently filming Project Artemis with Channing Tatum, Ray Romano and Jim Rash.