As reported by our sister site, deadline, Scarlett Johansson is gearing up for her debut as a lead in a TV series. The Marvel movie star has been cast as the lead in Just Cause, a legal thriller that will be available exclusively on Prime Video. The show takes inspiration from John Katzenbach’s novel of the same name and tells the story of Madison ‘Madi’ Cowart, a Florida-based journalist who is assigned to cover the final days of a Death Row inmate facing execution. Scarlett Johansson will be playing the role of Madi, who was originally portrayed as a male character in the book. The show has been greenlit for a straight-to-series order, and Johansson will also serve as an Executive Producer alongside writer Christy Hall.
It’s a weird coincidence, but Johansson has actually been in an adaptation of this story before. As a young actor, she appeared in the 1995 movie Just Cause, which starred Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne.
Johansson’s TV experience is limited to hosting Saturday Night Live, voicing characters on Robot Chicken, and making brief appearances on shows like Entourage. However, she has made a huge impact on the big screen, debuting as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and reprising the role in eight other Marvel movies, including her own solo film released in 2021. Johansson has also delivered impressive performances in films such as Lost in Translation, Her, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, and Match Point.