Scarlett Johansson is set to star in and executive produce an eight-episode period drama series based on Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel “The Custom Of The Country”.
Johansson will play the ruthless and unscrupulous Undine Spragg who rises to the top of New York high society. The series will explore the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin.
Though better known for her novel “The Age Of Innocence,” Wharton’s ‘Custom’ has been an influential work and partly inspired Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey”.
Sony Pictures TV and Pink Sands will produce the series which will be written by British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”). The plan is for a run on a major cable network.