Scarlett Johansson may be hoping to follow in the footsteps of David Fincher; the actress, who’s been vocal about her desire to direct feature films, just directed a clip for her friend Jessie Baylin’s song “Hurry Hurry,” as reported by MTV.
Does the video indicate Ms. Johansson’s ready for her passion project, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing? (Her previous attempt at directing a short was cut from the anthology New York, I Love You.) Well, the video features the most lens-flare-y light we’ve seen since the aliens landed in J. J. Abrams’s Super 8 and an single opening shot, panning around the Brooklyn Bridge, that reads like the nightclub scene in Goodfellas with a bit less ambition. Ms. Johansson’s great strength is in directing her lead actress to act just like her: either the two are friends due to shared flat affect (possible? likely, even) or the director said “Look forlorn; kind of play with your hair; smile with the left side of your mouth then stop doing that” and gave her star a DVD of Lost in Translation for homework.
Perhaps the greatest question is whether Ms. Johansson’s ambition, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut this year, and that weird thing on Lifetime where Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston got to Make-A-Wish themselves auteurs indicate a trend. In the 1990s and 2000s, every male movie star thought he could be a director. Now it’s the ambition of the moment for top starlets! But whether Ms. Johansson is going to end up a Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner or an everything-else Kevin Costner remains to be seen.
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