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Scarlett Johansson To Become Zelda Fitzgerald in ‘The Beautiful and The Damned’

Scarlett Johansson To Become Zelda Fitzgerald in 'The Beautiful and The Damned'


Scarlett Johansson is taking on a new, less controversial, role. The actress is reportedly set to play the famous novelist Zelda Fitzgerald in the upcoming feature “The Beautiful and The Damned,” according to Tracking Board.

The film, written by Hanna Weg, centers on the tumultuous and overwhelming relationship between Zelda and the “Great Gatsby” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their doomed love was filled with jealousy and drama, which makes it perfect for the big screen. 

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Known as “the first American flapper,” Fitzgerald gave her the name “flapper” for her inhabited lifestyle. The novelist gained much inspiration from his wife, using her as material for his books such as “Tender is the Night” and “The Beautiful and The Damned,” which is said to draw close to their marriage. 

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Zelda also took her personal life to the pages, her novel “Save Me the Waltz” is a semi-autobiographical look at her marriage. She also faced many obstacles during her lifetime and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Always trying to find herself artistically, she ended up being admitted to a sanatorium. At one point, Nick Cassavetes was rumored to direct the film with Keira Knighley attached. 

Johansson recently received backlash and was accused of “whitewashing” her role in anime adaptation of “The Ghost In The Shell,” character originally written for a Japanese actress. Currently she can be heard in “The Jungle Book” and be next seen as Black Widow in “Captain America: Civil War.”

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rgm

Zelda Fitzgerald was hardly a "famous novelist." Her single effort, Save Me the Waltz, was not well-received and had she not been married to Fitzgerald, who was a famous novelist, and who used their sad, mad-cap lives as "material," might not even be remembered.

UGI

The title of the Fitzgerald novel is THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED. Not "the damned." This makes me so crazy.

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