Scarlett Johansson To Make Directorial Debut With Big Screen Take On Lost Truman Capote Novel

Scarlett Johansson is taking a leap from in front of the camera to behind it.

According to Deadline, “The Avengers” star will make her directorial debut with the lost Truman Capote novel, “Summer Crossing.”

The novel was originally tossed in the trash by the famed author, but later found in the garbage by an apartment janitor, who held on to it for many years. It later surfaced in 2004 and was sold at an auction at Sotheby’s.

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“Summer Crossing” tells the story of a rich 17-year-old girl who begins a whirlwind romance with a Jewish parking lot attendant while her family vacations for the summer in France in 1945. During the course of their romance, the girl comes to the realization that the cultural divide of their very different lives is too great.

“Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skylar to adapt ‘Summer Crossing,’ an inspired early work of Truman’s which has long captured my heart,” the 28-year-old said. “Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege.”

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Production, casting and the release date of Scarlett’s directorial debut have not been announced yet.

-- Jesse Spero

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