Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut

Scarlett Johansson is all set to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella Summer Crossing.

2012 is going to be a busy year for Lost In Translation‘s Johansson. She’s already starring in three movies: Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo, Under The Skin and The Avengers, and now she’s set to make her directorial debut. Summer Crossing, penned by Truman Capote is believed to be his first ever manuscript. However he was reportedly so unhappy with how it turned out that he destroyed it. Over 50 years later a copy was discovered and published in 2005.

Set in New York in 1945, the story is about Grady, a 17-year-old from a wealthy WASP family, who enters into a passionate affair with a Jewish parking attendant. Controversial for the time, it outlines her struggle to break away from her family in order to figure who she is.

And now its set to become a film with Johansson at the helm. A daunting task, but the actress appears confident of her capability to bring this story to the screen.

“It’s about that first love you have that’s sort of vicious, in a sense,” Johansson told Vanity Fair. “It’s a hard sell because it’s a period film.”

Johansson is no stranger to the period film of course, having starred in Girl With A Pearl Earring alongside Colin Firth in 2003, and played Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008 so it comes as no surprise she doesn’t shy away from taking the helm of one. And Johansson is adamant the subject matter can carry the film.

“There’s no room for a big name,” attached to it, she said. Not even herself it would seem. She has chosen to concentrate on the work behind the camera rather than star in the film herself, a move that seems unusual in this day and age when actors frequently pen their own parts, a list that includes, Ricky Gervais and Kenneth Branagh.

So what do you think? Will Scarlett make a good director or should she stick to acting? Let us know your thoughts, and we’ll see if her efforts succeed when Summer Crossing is released in 2014.

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