For those of you looking forward to a Chris Evans/Scarlett Johansson reunion in the upcoming film Ghosted (the two stars have worked together in their roles as Captain America and the Black Widow in a series of big-budget Marvel films over the years), you might want to adjust your expectations: According to our fine-feathered pals at The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson has had to bow out of the new production due to a seeming scheduling conflict, something that comes as no big surprise as the Ghost World star has had a full dance card for some time now, and it looks only to get busier as she remains quite in-demand from some of Hollywood’s finest directors. Ghosted was the second film Johansson had signed aboard for shortly after filing her now infamous lawsuit against The House That Uncle Walt Built (also known as Disney) over what the actress purported to be contract breaches in regards to the Disney+ release of last summer’s blockbuster movie Black Widow.
Replacing Johansson in Ghosted will be an actress who can more than hold her own in a scene, Ana de Armas of Knives Out and No Time to Die fame.
For those not in the know, Ghosted is a romantic adventure story similar in spirit to 1984’s Romancing the Stone that’s set to be directed by Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman, The Offer, Sherlock Holmes III). Scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – the dynamo team responsible for such crowd pleasers as Deadpool and Zombieland – do the writing honors on this particular film from Apple Original Films and Skydance Media. Beyond those bare facts, the plot for the film is being kept under tight guard, allowing for a lot of prognostication on the part of pop culture pundits such as myself.
Ghosted marks another entry in Apple’s very full production slate which includes projects such as the upcoming Tom Hanks film Finch; Mahershala Ali’s anticipated Swan Song; The Tragedy of Macbeth from director Joel Coen (and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand); and Antoine Fuqua’s latest Emancipation which features Will Smith.
While those of us rooting for a reteam between Evans and Johansson may be a wee bit disappointed over this recasting news, fret not: No doubt the two stalwart Avengers will find their way around to another film and, when they inevitably do, Vents will be there to report on it!