Scarlett Johansson To Star In True Crime Thriller β€˜Featherwood’ About Prized FBI Informant Who Infiltrated Neo-Nazi Gang The Aryan Brotherhood

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Oscar nominee and Avengers star 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 (Marriage Story) is set to lead true-crime thriller Featherwood, which is one of the hottest new scripts ahead of next week’s EFM market in Berlin.

Scarlett Johansson

In a role that has some buyers already speculating awards potential, 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 will portray Carol Blevins, a heroin addict and β€œAryan Princess featherwood” (property of a gang member) who became one of the FBI’s most important informants during an epic, six-year investigation into the murderous, neo-Nazi crime and drug syndicate known as the Aryan Brotherhood Of Texas. Blevins, who lived with the gang, memorized details, pre-empted murders and interrupted robberies, helped convict 13 members of the group. However, her harrowing journey left her with significant physical and mental scars and she lives under constant threat of reprisal by the ABT.

Scarlett Johansson to Star in Andrea Arnold's Crime Thriller 'Featherwood' β€” World of Reel

The movie is based on the award-winning, six-part Dallas Morning News article by Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Farwell.

I gather FilmNation is handling sales on the project, which will be directed by American Honey and Big Little Lies director Andrea Arnold, whose early career is marked by hard-hitting dramas such as Fish Tank and Red Road. Cannes Palme d’Or contender American Honey was BAFTA nominated and the filmmaker is currently in post on Bird starring Barry Keoghan.

Scarlett Johansson to Star as FBI Informant in True Crime Thriller ' Featherwood' - IMDb

𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 will produce with Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn under their These Pictures banner. Script comes from Ned Benson, writer-director on Searchlight’s upcoming movie The Greatest Hits, and a writer on Marvel’s Johansson starrer Black Widow.

This is the latest in what is turning into a veritable bonanza in terms of EFM pre-sale titles. And there are interesting reasons for why that may be the case. More on that next week.

𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 is in post on Paramount’s Transformers One and Sony and Greg Berlanti’s untitled rom-com with Channing Tatum.



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