Scarlett Johansson Replaced Samantha Morton in Spike Jonze's 'Her'
Towards the end of last month, Spike Jonze's unique new romance Her was given a November release. Since the news came outside of a press release, when the official announcement was made, we missed the addition of Scarlett Johansson to a cast that already included Joaquin Phoenix in the lead along with actresses Rooney Mara, Amy Adams and Samantha Morton. However, Jonze recently spoke to Vulture to clarify casting a little bit. Johansson has indeed joined the cast, but she ended up replacing Morton after filming was complete. That might sound worrisome, but when you hear about the role in question, it's fine.
For those just joining us, Her is about Theodore (Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system (not unlike iPhone's Siri) designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all. Morton was originally the voice behind the operating system, but that's the role Johansson is now taking in post-production. Here's what Jonze had to say about the switch:
I think, unfortunately, it's pretty normal in terms of my not-quite-painless-for-everyone-involved 'process' of discovering what the movie is.
Samantha was with us on set and was amazing. It was only in post production, when we started editing, that we realized that what the character/movie needed was different from what Samantha and I had created together. So we recast and since then Scarlett has taken over that role.
I love Samantha. I've been friends with her forever and I hope we make lots of things together in the future.
If you happen to be at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend, Jonze will be showing clips from the film, so you might see (or rather hear) Johansson in action. We're always looking forward to the next Jonze project, and this one is no exception, especially with The Master star Joaquin Phoenix in the lead. After seeing this movie, it would be nice if there was a way for Johansson's voice to be added to our own mobile phones, but that might create a whole slew of new problems. Then Jonze might have to make a documentary about people falling in love with their Johansson-speaking phones.