Scarlett Johansson is set to join Gabriel Macht and Samuel L. Jackson in Frank Miller’s big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s “The Spirit”. Johansson is currently in negotiations to play a femme fatale named Silk N. Floss, described as “a dangerous beauty”. Talk about a major coup; if Miller can get someone like Johansson to play the female lead, he’s got it made. If she’s anything, Johansson is a throwback movie star — more curvaceous than stick figure, smarter than the average Hollywood starlet, and she’s already played a similar role in “The Black Dahlia”. Basically, she’s perfect for the role.
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For “Spirit,” Miller’s adaptation of the classic Eisner film noir comic strip series, Johansson is in final negotiations to play a dangerous beauty named Silk N. Floss. Eisner’s strip was known for its women with dangerous curves, and Miller is intent on keeping that tradition. Floss is a sexy and intelligent secretary with a vindictive instinct that makes her the perfect accomplice to the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), an evil mastermind.
Gabriel Macht is playing the title character, a detective who fakes his own death in order to fight crime in Central City as the masked man known as the Spirit. Production is scheduled to start in October, with the film scheduled to be released in 2009.
Besides “The Spirit”, Johansson’s got the ensemble comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You” and will play the lead in “Mary Queen of Scots” coming up.