`Just Cause`: Scarlett Johansson to lead TV series based on John Katzenbach nove

`Just Cause`: Scarlett Johansson to lead TV series based on John Katzenbach nove

Hollywood diva Scarlett Johansson Amazon is all set to lead its upcoming limited series adaptation of John Katzenbach novel `Just Cause`.

According to Variety, a US-based news outlet, a straight-to-series order for the project has been placed by Amazon. It will mark Johansson’s first significant television role.

`Just Cause`, which first released in 1992, revolves around Miami-based reporter Matt Cowart. Madison “Maddy” Cowart is the name of the character that will be portrayed by Johansson, according to a source with knowledge of the production. A death row inmate who claims to be innocent writes a letter to Cowart in the novel. With the prisoner’s case weakening, additional atrocities are coming to the fore as the investigation progresses.

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Just Cause will be written and executive produced by Christy Hall, and executive produced by Johansson under her In Pictures label. In Pictures TV head Zara Duff will manage production, and Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn will also executive produce. The studio is Warner Bros. Television.

This will be the second time that ‘Just Cause’ is being adapted for the big screen. In 1995, Sean Connery, Blair Underwood, Laurence Fishburne, Ed Harris, Ruby Dee and Kate Capshaw starred in a cinematic adaptation of the book.

According to Variety, Johansson is perhaps best known for her work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she plays Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, since 2010’s `Iron Man 2`. She has played in a total of eight films, most recently in the independent ‘black mother` The film which came in 2021.

In addition to Best Actress, Johansson has also been nominated twice for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. Both the awards were for her work in “Marriage Story” and “Jojo Rabbit” respectively. Her, Ghost in the Shell, Lost in Translation, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona are some of the movies she has appeared in.

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