Scarlett Johansson Joins Robert Downey Jr. for Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’

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The (unofficial) story behind Iron Man 2 is that director Jon Favreau and Marvel heads didn’t see eye to eye on the sequel, which then gave rise to a movie that suffered from shoehorned Avengers setup material. Thereafter, Favreau took a break from the Marvel Universe, to go and make Cowboys & Aliens instead. However, it turned out that hodgepodge script – the handiwork of multiple writers after a decade of development – ultimately resulted in yet another lukewarm comic book movie.

Point being, it’s a good time for Favreau to take a break from making blockbusters and dealing with (overly-meddling) studio executives. As it were, that’s exactly what he’s doing, by making his next directorial project the indie flick Chef.

Chef tells the story of a man – named Carl Casper - who loses his prestigious chef job; this leads him to start up his own food truck, in order to reclaim his artistic promise and (at the same time) repair ties with his estranged family. Favreau, in a bit of meta-casting, will play the titular protagonist, out to rekindle his creative flame. Meanwhile, according to Variety, his Iron Man 2 costar Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play Molly, a restaurant manager “and sometimes love interest” of Favreau’s character.

Johansson and Favreau will be sharing the screen with Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.. That will make Chef the third occasion on which Favreau directs RDJ in a movie, in addition to the fourth time they’ll have acted together (after reprising their Marvel roles as Tony Stark and Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3).

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau are reuniting for ‘Chef’

Rounding out the supporting cast for Chef are Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire). Production is slated to begin in Los Angeles in July 2013, with Karen Gilchrist and Sergei Bespalov producing – while Aldamisa and Mark Manuel’s Kilburn Media provide the financing – and Favreau working from his original story and script.

The film’s character-driven storytelling should set the stage for Favreau and his talented cast to flex their acting/improvisation muscles – without having to worry about limitations that come with making a big-budget flick that’s weighed down by commercial interests (a la Iron Man 2) – and, hopefully, allow Favreau’s passion and imagination as a filmmaker to shine through more than on his last two movies.

Plus, afterwards, he may be more inclined to tackle another studio project, such as Disney’s Magic Kingdom movie. That amusement park-based flick sounds like it could (surprisingly) be something special, thanks in part to Pixar’s role in the film’s development process.


We’ll keep you posted on Chef, and let you know when it secures a release date.

Source: Variety

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  1. Nothing of importance to say other than I LOVE that picture of Scar Jo and her sexy black sports bra.

    • I second that!!!

      • And I will THIRD IT !!! Heh.

        • I truthfully clicked the thumbnail of her before I knew what the story was about. I could have given my computer a virus for all I know.

        • Of course I will fourth it!!!

  2. Miss Whedon wisely did something similar after THE AVENGERS. It is what all blockbuster directors might consider.

  3. I meant Joss Whedon.

    • Freudian slip? Or is this what you REALLY think of Joss? lol

  4. Ill watch it. Mi loved both swingers and made. So im all for jon doing another indie. Hes got my money

  5. Glad this is happening, even if i didn’t know a think about it before i clicked the article..

    Sofia, Jon, Robert, ScarJo, and John in one movie? I’m sold.

  6. Im not all that interested in Indian films but they’ve got some good telnet on board I think. A little off topic but I wonder if this does anything for avengers 2 reuniting some of the original players and all.

    • I think you’ve got a lil’ bit of a misconception about what an “indy” film is ;) … it has nothing to do with India, or Indian culture – it means independent film.
      It’s not too far off from most movies. They’re just generally made on a smaller budget, and since there’s no studio “melding”, it means the movie often has a more artistic meaning and a more creative freedom.

      • Unless that was just a typo, in which case, never mind -_-

  7. Sacrlett Johannsson , one of the hottest actresses around today – in that elite level alongside Eva Mendes and Katherine Heigl.

  8. did Favreau gain weight for this movie or does he just like to eat?

    not hating as im not fit either, just wondering since he looks huge in IM3 compared to the previous two

  9. Looks good considering RDJ and Favreau are working together again. Can’t wait to see this one.