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Scarlett Johansson sets cast for directorial debut

Scarlett Johansson sets cast for directorial debut credit:Bang Showbiz
Scarlett Johansson sets cast for directorial debut credit:Bang Showbiz

Chiwetel Ejiofor, June Squibb and Jessica Hecht will star in Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut.

The 39-year-old actress is set to direct ‘Eleanor the Great’, which was previously known as 'Eleanor, Invisible', a movie about a 90-year-old woman trying to rebuild her life after the death of her best friend, Variety reports.

TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics are partnering for the first time on the movie, which has a screenplay written by Tory Kamen.

Scarlett is also producing the film along with Jonathan Lia, and Keenan Flynn for These Pictures, Kara Durrett and Jessamine Burgum for Pinky Promise, and Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Screen Media.

94-Year-Old actress Squibb - who was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Alexander Payne’s 'Nebraska' in 2013 - recently spoke about the movie.

She told Deadline: "I’m actually going to be shooting a film in New York in a few months. And it’s about a woman in her 90s."

She went on: "We’re becoming very strong. There are more and more of us. They’re having to look at us voting. They’re having to look at us in all sorts of ways. We hold a lot of money in this country right now.

“Age is something that people are exploring more and more. You keep getting these articles about people who are living into their 80s and 90s and still vital and doing things.

“I do Pilates once a week. We walked in and they kept going on about my age. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it. That was about a year and a half ago. We stayed with it and it’s helped.”