scarlett johansson tv

Scarlett Johansson has really kept us guessing with her career choices over the past few years. One minute she’s starring in an experimental indie about a man-eating alien; the next, she’s co-headlining a massive blockbuster. Now she’s mixing things up again with a stint on TV.

Johansson is set to star in and executive produce The Custom of the Country, envisioned as a miniseries for cable. It’ll be her first major small-screen gig over the course of her 20-year career. Hit the jump for more on the Scarlett Johansson TV project.

Deadline got the scoop. Sony Pictures TV is developing The Custom of the Country as a limited series consisting of eight episodes. It doesn’t have a network home yet, but it’s about to go on the market. It’s likely to end up on a cable network, possibly a premium channel.

The Custom of the Country is based on the 1913 novel of the same title by Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence). It’s described as a scathing indictment of greed and materialism, not just in individuals but in our society as a whole.

Christopher Hampton (Atonement) is writing. The new project is actually his second take on the source material. In the ’90s he penned a feature adaptation for Michelle Pfeiffer (who starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence adaptation) but the project didn’t work out.

At the center of the story is Undine Spragg, a young woman who rises up the ranks of New York high society through her great beauty and ruthless ambition. It should be a meaty role for Johansson. Undine isn’t a likable character by any means, but she’s a fascinating one.

Johansson is in the middle of a very strong streak. She wowed last year in Don Jon and Her, and this year in Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chef, and Lucy. Next up for her are Avengers: Age of Ultron (which recently finished shooting), Disney’s The Jungle Book, and possibly Hail, Caesar! from the Coen Brothers.

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