Scarlett Johansson Is Starring In Her First TV Series, And We’ve Got The Details

By Rufus Punt | 9th December 2022

She might be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Scarlett Johansson has never properly made a foray into TV – until now.

After previously only cameoing on SNL and Entourage, the actress will be starring in a new thriller series on Amazon Prime Video in a role that ties back to one of the very first in her film career. Just Cause is a new adaptation of John Katzenbach’s novel of the same name, which was previously adapted in 1995 and featured the young actress when she was just 10 years old.

The book, published in 1992, tells the story of a Miami newspaper editor, Matt Cowart, who becomes convinced that a prisoner on death row for serial killing is actually innocent and wrongly convicted and that the real killer is still out there. In the film version, Johansson had a small role as the daughter of Sean Connery’s character Paul Armstrong (a revamped version of Matt Cowart from the book), in what was only her second film role. Now, 28 years later, she’s playing the lead character herself.

In this version, the previously male role is now played by a female called Madison “Madi” Cowart, who’s a struggling reporter for a Florida newspaper and is covering the last days of the prisoner.

Just Cause will be a limited series and follows the book more closely than the film adaptation despite the gender change, and is being written by Christy Hall, who also penned I Am Not Okay With This.

There isn’t a huge amount more known about the plot, other than it being based on the book, so you may want to read that in the meantime before the series debut. Amazon has also this year released The English, a Western drama that stars Emily Blunt, so it seems like the streamer is keen to compete with Netflix and draw in as many big Hollywood names as it can. Just Cause doesn’t yet have a release date, though it’ll be arriving on Prime Video in 2023.

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