Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson Battle for The Girl in the Spider’s Web Role

Despite missing out on the part of Lisbeth Salander to Rooney Mara in 2011's American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Scarlett Johansson is once again back in the frame. However, she faces some stiff competition in the form of Jackie star Natalie Portman, an exciting prospect for director Fede Alvarez to choose between the talented pair.

Prepping for production prior to a October 5, 2018 release date, the reinvigoration of the narrative will be the first motion picture for The Girl in the Spider's Web from the Millennium series. The producing team of Scott Rudin, Soren Staermose, Ole Sondberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Berna Levin have a tough choice on their hands. As much will depend on the longevity or otherwise of the franchise lasting beyond this installment.

No Jane For Ragnarok As Thor Moves On

Jane Foster Thor Ragnorak

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Portman would not be back for the third feature of Chris Hemsworth's Thor franchise. The choice to let Jane Foster out of the picture was a result of their breakdown during the events of Thor: The Dark World and perhaps an admission that their chemistry on screen didn't exactly ring true.

"We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok and we wanted to pit him against a character who was much more his equal and in many ways his superior," remarked Feige. "Valkyrie is trying to not embrace any sort of Asgardian heritage that she has. Thor thinks maybe that will create a bond between them and, on the contrary, she wants to forget it all entirely."

SJ Spoofs Ivanka In New SNL Skit

Taking a shot at the president's daughter Ivanka Trump in a fresh Saturday Night Live skit alongside Alec Baldwin, Johansson parodied the fashionista with a not-so-subtle dig at her inability to influence his actions in office. Australian Margot Robbie had previously played Ivanka on the show, but this was Scarlett's turn as the narrator spoke over the fake commercial.

“A woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own. A scent made just for her. Because she’s beautiful. She’s powerful. She’s complicit... She doesn’t crave the spotlight, but we see her. Oh, how we see her... A feminist, an advocate, a champion for women, but like how? Complicit: The fragrance for the woman who could stop all of this but won’t.”

Source: Variety, The New Daily, MovieWeb