Scarlett Johansson to play Courtney Love?
I'm convinced that I've written about this before but I can't find it...There's a story out that Courtney Love wants Scarlett Johansson to play herself in the film she's producing about herself and Kurt Cobain, Heavier than Heaven based on the biography by Charles Cross (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
A previous rumour was that the studio were looking to James McAvoy to play Cobain.
“A close friend says: 'Kirsten Dunst was rumoured to be in the frame, but Courtney really admires Scarlett and has already sent the contract out for her to sign...
...This is a labour of love for Courtney and she is putting her heart and soul into making it an accurate, credible glimpse of her life with Kurt...
...She wants the best actors to portray them - she will be on set all the time giving Scarlett and Ryan advice on what it was like being one part of the most notorious couples since Sid and Nancy. It will be explosive.'”
This sounds like wild flailing in the wind to try and get someone on board, the usual thing where producers and/or the studio realise that if they simply put the name out there the publicity will reach actors and actresses that they probably wouldn't normally.
That and the fact that they could create a swell of online fan desire that could make the star think this might just be a good idea.
Although I can see some resemblance and the actress could carry off the role of the drug raddled woman well, I'm just not sure if it's a role she'd want for her career.