‘Eleanor The Great’: Scarlett Johansson’s Directorial Debut To Star Chiwetel Ejiofor, June Squibb, & More

Scarlett Johansson is making the most of her post-MCU career by embarking on her directorial debut. And as you’d expect from someone with her clout and star power, the film, titled Eleanor the Great, has already attracted top notch talent, including two Oscar-nominated actors.

Variety reports that Eleanor the Great has added June Squibb to the cast, the Oscar-nominated Nebraska actress and star of the beloved Sundance comedy, Thelma. Also joining the cast are Marvel alum and fellow Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, known for the Doctor Strange movies and 12 Years a Slave. Another Marvel actor, Falcon & the Winter Soldier‘s Erin Kellyman, is in the film along with veteran Broadway actress Jessica Hecht who Johansson worked with on the play A View from the Bridge.

It’s not expected that Johansson will have an on-screen role in the film. The script was penned by Tory Kamen.

Formerly titled Eleanor, Invisible, the film follows “Eleanor Morgenstein (Squibb), a 90-year-old woman trying to rebuild her life after the death of her best friend. As a result, she moves back to New York City after living in Florida for decades.”

Coming up for Johansson is Andrea Arnold’s next film, Featherwood, along with rom-com Project Artemis alongside Channing Tatum. It’s unclear when Eleanor the Great will shoot, but we assume Johansson will fit it into her busy schedule.

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