Jon Favreau’s next project not a Marvel film, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s accepted into their universe. After news that the Iron Man 1 and 2 director recruited his star Robert Downey Jr. for his comedy Chef, Variety brings news of another superhero favorite joining the project.
Scarlett Johansson has been added to the ensemble, also joining Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale. In the story of a chef named Carl Casper (Favreau) who loses his gig at a Los Angeles restaurant and starts a food truck, Johansson takes the role of Molly, who is the love interest of our chef and a restaurant manager. Production beings this July for a likely 2014 release.
In other casting news, Michael Mann has taken up residence in China, scouting locations and securing an ensemble in his upcoming thriller that puts Chris Hemsworth in a world of cyber threats and attacks. Co-written with Morgan Davis Foehl, the film is said to follow a Balkan hacker operating out of a south Asian country, with an American and Chinese task force in pursuit.
Word comes from THR that Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have been added as sister and brother in the film, with the former playing love interest to Hemsworth’s character. Another addition comes from Deadline, who reports that Gangster Squad‘s Holt McCallany has taken the role of a “street-smart U.S. Marshal” who must protect Hemsworth. They’ll all be joining Viola Davis for the film starting production next month.