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Johansson takes on Winslet role
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson won a Bafta for Lost in Translation
Actress Scarlett Johansson will star in Woody Allen's next project after Kate Winslet pulled out at the last minute, according to reports.

It is claimed Winslet dropped out of the film, which will be made in the UK, to spend more time with her family.

Director Allen was said to have been annoyed that Winslet left it so late to pull out of the yet-untitled film.

Daily Variety reports that 19-year-old Lost in Translation star Johansson has now been recast in the role.

Johansson won a best actress Bafta for Lost in Translation, in which she starred opposite Bill Murray.


The project marks Allen's first project to be shot in the UK. The director is better known for favouring his native New York as the setting for his films.

Kate Winslet
Winslet did not want to separated from her family
British actors Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Emily Mortimer have also been cast, with filming due to begin in October.

Winslet, 28, gave birth to her second child - a son called Joe - in December 2003, her first child with her director husband Sam Mendes.

She has a young daughter, Mia, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton.

She gave her reason for pulling out of the film as not wishing to be separated from her husband, who would be working on another film at the same time - leaving neither free to look after their children.

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