Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has signed up to star in a new film by John Carney, the Irish writer-director responsible for the hit 2006 indie musical film Once. The low-budget film made international names out of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and was awarded an Oscar for best original song, which the couple performed at the Academy Awards ceremony.
The new film – called Can a Song Save Your Life? – will be executive produced by Judd Apatow, who was behind films such as Get Him to the Greek and Knocked Up. Although the male lead has not yet been cast, Mark Ruffalo and Jim Carrey have been rumoured as possible leads.
The film has a budget of around $10 million, relatively modest by Hollywood standards but a massive leap from Once, which was shot on a shoestring budget of €130,000 (US$160,000).
Set in New York, the film tells the story of a washed-up A&R man who forms a passionate bond with a young singer-songwriter (Johansson) from out of town.
‘‘I’ve been writing it for a year and a half,” said Carney, who will also direct the film. ‘‘I went out to Los Angeles to meet Scarlett a couple of months ago. She was everything you could imagine – very hot, elegant and she’s really smart.”
Johansson will sing a number of songs in the film – the actress has previously released an album of Tom Waits covers and collaborated on a record with Pete Yorn.
Shooting will begin in New York next year.
I didn't bold anything cause it's q a boring article imo but all u need 2 know is that u will all be gifted with Scarlett's gorge singing voice coming soon(ish) to a theatre near u!