BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-CAPTAIN AMERICAScarlett Johansson is the latest big-name movie star to take a crack at the small screen. She will be producing and starring in an eight-episode adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel "The Custom of the Country," which sounds very fancy, indeed.

The 1913 novel centers around the machinations of one Ms. Undine Spragg, a social climber with a taste for the good life. Spragg isn't content with her nouveau riche standing, but aims for the top of the NYC food chain, and beyond. Naturally, things don't work out according to Spragg's plan, but hey, it wouldn't be "a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values" if Spragg lived happily ever after!

Johansson rocked the box office this summer with her fast and furious flick "Lucy," about a woman who gets access to 100 percent of her brain after accidentally ingesting a massive amount of a new drug. She also did pretty well as the Black Widow in April's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Last February, Kevin Feige announced that Marvel was developing a stand-alone flick for the action heroine, although who knows how that will fit into the extensive plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In any case, "The Custom of the Country" will be a limited run series with only eight episodes, so Johansson will probably be able to squeeze in a little period piece action before slipping back into the Black Widow's catsuit.

[Via Deadline]

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