Scarlett Johansson has signed on to reunite with her Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau for his indie comedy Chef.
Scarlett Johansson joins Jon Favreau's Chef
The story follows Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) who loses his job as a chef in Los Angeles, and decides to start up a food truck to get his culinary juices flowing again, and reconnect with his family. Scarlett Johansson is playing Molly, the restaurant manager and Carl's on-and-off love interest. Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, and Robert Downey Jr. co-star in the indie.
Here's what Jon Favreau had to say about bringing Scarlett Johansson on board.
"Scarlett is a tremendous talent and I'm honored to be collaborating with her again. I'm so fortunate to be working with such a fine ensemble."
Jon Favreau is directing from his own original screenplay and producing alongside Karen Gilchrist and Sergei Bespalov of Aldamisa, which is providing the financing. Production is scheduled to begin July 8 in Los Angeles.
In related news, the project has hit a bit of a stumbling block, in the form of a cease-and-desist order. As you may know, there is a competing project entitled Chef, which has Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy attached to star. Sony Pictures, which previously controlled the property before selling its stake to The Weinstein Company, sent out a cease-and-desist order to the Jon Favreau project, to try and persuade them to find another title. We'll have to wait and see if Jon Favreau will budge and re-title the film.
Chef comes to theaters May 9th, 2014 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo, Amy Sedaris. The film is directed by Jon Favreau.