Earlier this year it was reported that an MCU reunion was in the works, as Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans had signed on to star in Ghosted, an action-adventure movie for Apple.
However, Johansson has amicably left the project due to scheduling conflicts, and Ana de Armas has signed on to take her place. So Ghosted is now a Knives Out reunion instead!
The project came together over the summer at Skydance with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger producing. The switch in actresses occurred due to the intent to start filming in February, which did not work for Johansson’s schedule.
Ellison then suggested de Armas to replace her due to her recent stand-out roles in films such as Knives Out and No Time To Die.
Plot details about the film remain sparse, though it’s being described as a romantic action-adventure film. Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) will direct from a script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool).
An action film headlined by Evans and de Armas should still be something that gets people interested. Ghosted joins a host of intriguing forthcoming Apple films.
These include Mahershala Ali sci-fi drama Swan Song, Joel Coen‘s The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Martin Scorsese‘s Killers Of The Flower Moon, Will Smith thriller Emancipation, and Ridley Scott‘s historical drama Kitbag.
Alongside those films, the drama CODA, which was released earlier this year, should be competing for plenty of awards in the upcoming months. It seems like Apple is trying to position themselves as the prestige film studio thanks to their host of stars and intriguing original projects. Ghosted should slot right in there as another star-studded original film.
Funnily enough, Evans and de Armas are already working on another Knives Out reunion, as they’re both on board to star in Netflix blockbuster The Gray Man alongside Ryan Gosling.
That’s being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Endgame), and with a production budget of $200 million, is the most expensive film ever made by Netflix.
de Armas is also set to star as Marilyn Monroe in a film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates‘ excellent novel Blonde (also for Netflix), while she’s also co-starring alongside Ben Affleck in erotic thriller Deep Water, which arrives in January.
She’s also in talks to play the lead role in John Wick TV spinoff, Ballerina.