While the journey for Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans is over for their iconic Marvel characters, the two actors do not appear to be taking a break any time soon. It even seemed for a time that the long-time friends would be reunited sooner than anyone thought. Johansson and Evans were slated to appear in the new film Ghosted. Directed by Dexter Ellison, the project was described as an action-adventure romance that would have starred the two high-profile actors (via Deadline).
The film is currently in development, meaning many details are kept under wraps. But in recent news, Scarlett Johansson left the Chris Evans project and will be replaced by Ana de Armas. Deadline states that Johansson’s departure is “amicable.” It appears that this change was only required due to her scheduling conflicts with other projects.
Some Marvel fans eager to see a reunion between Black Widow and Captain America may be disappointed. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans have acted opposite each other since 2012’s Avengers film. But their working relationship actually goes back farther than that. Even before Marvel, Johansson and Evans had been romantic scene partners. Both co-starred in 2007’s The Nanny Diaries and The Perfect Score in 2004. Their onscreen chemistry would have been a treat for fans to see again so soon after their Marvel characters were retired. Even so, audience members are in for a different kind of reunion.
This will not be the first time that Scarlett Johansson’s replacement and Chris Evans have worked together either. Ana de Armas wowed audiences playing Marta in Rian Johnson’s clever mystery Knives Out. The film depicted De Armas as a live-in nurse during the tumultuous time when her patient apparently dies of suicide. Soon investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) suspects there is foul play and the film is a race to find out the truth. Marta discovers the family she worked for is not all that they appear to be. Evans’ role as the entitled grandson Ransom added humor to the story as well as high stakes. Ransom was an entertaining foil against de Armas’ well-intentioned Marta. There is no news on the characters they are playing for Ghosted, but audiences know that they at the very least have onscreen chemistry.
News of Scarlett Johansson’s departure from the Chris Evans project is only the newest in the actor’s recent headlines. More recently Johansson had caused a stir when she sued Disney over breach of contract. Johansson claimed that she was promised an exclusive theatrical release for Marvel film Black Widow and that the hybrid release would impact box office sales. The case has since been settled out of court and Johansson has spoken out on the issue. Since then, it appears that Johansson is sticking with Disney. The Hollywood Reporter states that she is still moving ahead with Disney’s Tower of Terror film as well as a secret untitled Marvel project with Kevin Feige (via Empire). Feige himself was adamantly on the side of Johansson’s cause and defended her right to stand up for herself, according to CinemaBlend.
Scarlett Johansson also has other projects on the horizon, despite leaving the production of Ghosted. Not only is Johansson producing Tower of Terror but is also set to produce and star in upcoming film Bride. Fans can only hope that their dreams of seeing Johansson and Chris Evans reunited will come to fruition some time in the future.