Remember the 1995 Sean Connery film Just Cause? It was a legal crime thriller about a legal professor who is convinced ti travel to Florida to investigate the conviction of a man on death row. You may not remember the film, or may just vaguely recall it. But someone who remembers the film really well is actor Scarlett Johansson. She was in the film playing Sean Connery's young daughter - one of her very first on-screen roles.

Now Johansson is making her first TV series, a remake of Just Cause. The new limited series for Amazon Prime Video will take a slightly different approach to the concept. She'll play a reporter investigating the conviction of the man on death row, rather than a legal professor (which makes sense - how many law professors are in their mid-30s?).

Scarlett Johansson to Lead ‘Just Cause’ Series for Amazon
The Warner Bros. TV-produced thriller will mark her first lead role in a TV project.
  • This January, get ready to subscribe to a Curb Your Enthusiasm rewatch podcast - The History Of Curb Your Enthusiasm With Susie Essman and Jeff Garlin. Read: Deadline
  • Gangs of London has been renewed for a third season by Sky. Read: Dark Horizons
  • AMC has told staff to expect layoffs and cutbacks following a miscalculation that declining linear cable viewership losses would be offset by subscribers to its streaming services. Read: Indiewire
  • All 23 Oscar categories will be presented live this year. Read: The LA Times
  • A French-language adaptation of the Johnny Depp film Chocolat is in the works. Read: Deadline
  • An Easy Rider remake is in development. Read: Variety
  • RIP Clarence Gilyard Jr, best known for Die Hard and Walker: Texas Ranger. Read: EW
  • Ed Helms will star opposite Jennifer Garner in body-swap comedy Family Leave for Netflix. Read: Variety
  • Mark Burnett is exiting the Amazon-owned MGM Television Group. He'll return to the world of independent producing and hiding raw footage from tapings of The Apprentice. Read: Deadline

That 90s Show is a sequel series to That 70s Show. It debuts on Netflix Jan 19.

Animated film Night At The Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again debuts on Disney+ Dec 9.

The Rig is a supernatural oil rog story debuting on Amazon Prime Video Jan 6.

The Snow Girl, based on the book of the same name, debuts on Netflix Jan 27.


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