Only days ago, it was announced that Jennifer Lawrence was set to star in a new biopic about jazz age icon Zelda Fitzgerald.
Now it has been reported that Scarlett Johansson has also landed the role of the troubled writer and socialite – who was dubbed by her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald as “the first American flapper’.
That’s correct – according to The Hollywood Reporter, there are now two Zelda Fitzgerald productions on the fast track!
The Lawrence version is titled simply Zelda, and is being developed by Ron Howard. Howard has yet to commit to directing. The screenplay by Emma Frost (of The White Queen fame) takes as its inspiration Nancy Milford’s bestselling Zelda: A Biography.
The Johansson version comes courtesy of Millennium Films and is titled The Beautiful and the Damned.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, was widely considered to have been a semi-fictionalized account of his marriage to Zelda.
Perhaps crucially, Millennium Films has secured the backing of the Fitzgerald estate, and according to THR, “will incorporate newly unearthed transcripts from a sanatorium in which Zelda Fitzgerald was confined that indicate her husband misappropriated his wife’s ideas as his own.”
Millennium president Mark Gill had the following to say:
“It was the height of the Jazz Age, so you have all of that glamor and sophistication and living large. But you also have the massive drama of fly high, crash hard. She was massively ahead of her time, and she took a beating for it. He stole her ideas and put them in his books. The marriage was a co-dependency from hell with a Jazz Age soundtrack.”
Hanna Weg penned the screenplay, and Millennium is looking for a director.
Lawrence may have the edge in popularity, but the premise of the Millennium Films project sounds compelling. We’ll certainly be watching out for updates on both productions!
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