Scarlett Johansson to Take ‘The Psychopath Test’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Scarlett Johansson is attached to star in Universal Pictures upcoming thriller The Psychopath Test, which is based on a book of the same name written by The Men Who Stare at Goats author Jon Ronson, according to Deadline.

Kristen Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, has been tapped to provide the screenplay. This may be Gore’s big break. She’s done work with some of the greats in the past few years: David O Russell (Nailed), Spike Jonze (Her) and Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher). Unfortunately she never received credit for any of those projects. She’s also a former Saturday Night Live writer.

Jay Roach, best known for the spy spoof Austin Powers series, is set to direct. This is quite the departure from the normal slapstick and jokey fare that we’re used to from Roach. I hope he’s up to the challenge of a psychological thriller.

It’s no surprise that Universal is looking to build films around Johansson. After the success she garnered starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi flick Lucy, she’s been in high demand. Most recently her name was floated around as being attached to the live action Ghost in the Shell movie.

The Psychopath Test tells the story of how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify what a psychopath is. It’s said that one out of every hundred people is technically a psychopath, devoid of empathy, manipulative, charming, delusional, deceitful and seductive. The book tries to explore this world and the people that inhabit it.

No start date has been scheduled as of yet. It may be a ways off until Scarlett finds some time in her busy schedule, but this sounds like an interesting film and I do hope she finds the time to make this one sooner rather than later.