Scarlett Johansson to Star in Thriller Tangerine

Fresh off the live-action adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell," Scarlett Johansson has lined up a new project: an adaptation of Christine Mangan's upcoming novel "Tangerine."

Deadline describes the story as a mystery thriller set in 1950s Morocco, where a woman named Alice Shipley reconnects with her college roommate, with whom she lost touch after the man she planned to marry died. When Alice's husband disappears, she begins to wonder if her old friend is as dangerous as she thinks or whether she may be imagining things.

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George Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures will produce alongside Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment, Ecco/HarperCollins purchased the publishing rights to "Tangerine" just last week.

"Christine has created an evocative and electrifying novel," Friedkin said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to not only be working with George, Grant, and the talented team at Smokehouse Pictures but also one of the most skilled actors on the planet in Scarlett. This is an all-star team and we can’t wait to bring this stunning tale to life."

Johnson, whose "Ghost in the Shell" opens March 31, will begin work on Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" early next year.

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