Scarlett Johansson Directorial Debut Sets Cast: June Squibb, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Hecht (EXCLUSIVE)

𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 is assembling the cast of her directorial debut, β€œEleanor the Great.”

June Squibb, the Oscar-nominated actor of β€œNebraska” will be joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Broadway veteran Jessica Hecht and Erin Kellyman.

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The movie, formerly titled β€œEleanor, Invisible,” 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. Tory Kamen wrote the screenplay.

TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics, partnering for the first time, will release β€œEleanor the Great” in theaters on a yet-to-be-determined date.

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𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 is producing the film with Jonathan Lia, and Keenan Flynn for These Pictures, Kara Durrett and Jessamine Burgum for Pinky Promise, and Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Screen Media.

Wayfarer Studios co-financed β€œEleanor the Great” with Content Engineers, Pinky Promise and MacPac. Steve Sarowitz, Justin Baldoni, Jamey Heath and Andrew Calof are executive producing for Wayfarer Studios. Ezra Gabay and Raj Kishor Khaware are executive producing on behalf of Content Engineers.

This is Squibb’s second recent starring role following the nonagenarian comedy β€œThelma,” which sold to Magnolia following its Sundance premiere. Squibb’s other credits include β€œPalm Springs,” Pixar’s β€œSoul” and Amy Schumer’s series β€œLife & Beth.” She is repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency.

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Squibb could have crossed paths with Ejiofor at this year’s Sundance, where the Oscar-nominated actor debuted his sophomore feature β€œRob Peace.” Ejiofor, who was recognized by the Academy for β€œ12 Years a Slave,” is preparing to co-star with two Toms: Hiddleston in the adaptation of Stephen King’s β€œThe Life of Chuck” and Hardy in β€œVenom 3.” Like Johansson, he’s a veteran of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in 2022’s blockbuster β€œDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Ejiofor is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK, CAA in the US, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP.

Erin Kellyman

Erin Kellyman

β€œEleanor the Great” reunites Johansson with Hecht after they starred in the Broadway play β€œA View From The Bridge” (which landed them both a Tony nomination). Hecht recently returned to the stage, opposite Laura Linney, in the play β€œSummer, 1976. She has appeared on shows like β€œFriends” and Netflix’s β€œSpecial.” Hecht is repped by Innovative Artists.

Kellyman will co-star with Saoirse Ronan and Harris Dickinson in Steve McQueen’s film β€œBlitz for Apple TV+. Another MCU alum, she portrayed Karli Morgenthau in the Disney+ series β€œThe Falcon And The Winter Soldier.” Kellyman is represented by CAA, Curtis Brown, and Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson + Christopher, LLP.

𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 and These Pictures is repped by CAA and Yorn Levine. Kamen is represented by Anonymous Content and Valarie Phillips.



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