Robert Downey Jr. & Scarlett Johansson Cook Up Jon Favreau's 'Chef'
At the end of April, we learned that director Jon Favreau was getting back to his indie roots with a "character study" film called Chef. At the time, the cast included Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Canavale, but a couple bigger names have also signed up in the past week. Favreau's Iron Man franchise co-star Robert Downey Jr. has signed up for the indie along with Scarlett Johansson, also a big part of the Marvel franchise, including The Avengers. While the film is up for sale in Cannes right now for distribution, some of the cast is already working with Favreau and training to learn how to be a chef. In fact, Leguizamo himself has posted a couple pictures on Twitter of chef training with Favreau. More below!
As for the film, the story is an original idea which follows Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family. THR says Johansson has a meaty role as restaurant manager named Molly, a love interest for Favreau (not a bad casting decision by the writer, director and star). It's not clear how big of a role Downey will have, but hopefully he'll have a couple good scenes with Favreau.
As cool as Fareau's career as a blockbuster director has been (we can take or leave Cowboys & Aliens), it'll be nice to have him get back into the indie world. Even cooler is that his profile and work with Marvel is allowing him to bring names like Downey and Johansson with him. It's very likely that the film will get sold at Cannes, so we may not see it pop up at a festival, unless Favreau decides to premiere it at Sundance, but we'll be sure to keep an eye on this project. Filming begins in July in Los Angeles. Sound good?