Scarlett Johansson to Take on Zelda Fitzgerald Role
Scarlett Johansson is set to play iconic Jazz Age socialite Zelda Fitzgerald in a new film.
The Avengers star will lead the cast of The Beautiful and the Damned, which will chronicle the love affair between Zelda and author F. Scott Fitzgerald, according to Tracking-board.
Zelda was credited for popularizing the flapper style of short hair, knee-length dresses, and headbands in the 1920s, while her glamorous and carefree lifestyle made her a popular fixture of New York’s social scene.
Her tumultuous relationship with Fitzgerald formed the basis for his second novel, The Beautiful and the Damned – his follow-up to The Great Gatsby.
Zelda’s own novel, Save Me the Waltz, was also based on her life with Fitzgerald, but she struggled to find success and in 1930 was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and admitted to a psychiatric facility.
The new film project has been in development for a number of years, with the script appearing on the Hollywood’s 2007 ‘Blacklist,’ an annual collection of the best screenplays still to be put into production.
British actress Keira Knightley was previously attached to star as Zelda in the movie. It is not yet known who will portray F. Scott Fitzgerald.