Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut

November 18th, 2011

Scarlett Johansson will make her directorial debut with 'Summer Crossing'.

The 'Avengers' actress has chosen the big screen indie adaptation of the Truman Capote novel - which tells the story of teenage girl in post-World War II New York who breaks free from her rich family and discovers her own identity and sexuality - for her first turn behind the director's lens.

The novel - which was initially written in 1943 but was only published posthumously in 2005 - tells how the young woman jeopardises her social standing when she embarks on a torrid affair with a parking attendant and then marries him and becomes pregnant. New York playwright, Tristine Skyler has written the screenplay while Oscar-winning producer Barry Spikings and executive producer Peter D. Graves will collaborate with Truman Capote Literary Trust trustee Alan Schwartz on the project.

There is no word as to a planned production start date yet.

Scarlett will next be seen in Cameron Crowe's comedy drama 'We Bought A Zoo' with Matt Damon before reprising her role as the Black Widow in superhero blockbuster 'The Avengers'.