Scarlett Johansson Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Jon Favreau’s CHEF; John Wells’ CHEF Fights for the Title

     May 15, 2013

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The Iron Man 2 gang is getting back together for what will hopefully be a better movie than Iron Man 2Variety is reporting that Scarlett Johansson will reunite with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau for Favreau’s indie film, Chef.  The story centers on a man (Favreau) who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and reclaiming his estranged family.  As we previously reported, the film will have a strong supporting cast with Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale on board to co-star.  I’m happy to see Favreau returning to his indie roots (although in this case “indie” simply means it doesn’t have the gigantic budgets of his recent films), and heading back into a leading role.  He’s so money and he knows it.

But the movie is in for a fight over the title as Sony Pictures, which owns John WellsChef starring Bradley Cooper, has sent a cease and desist letter to coax Fairview Entertainment and Favreau to find another title.  Hit the jump for more including possible co-stars for Wells’ Chef.

According to Deadline, both films are trying to round up financing during Cannes, and buyers are understandably confused, although I don’t know if any financier has reached the point where he or she is shouting, “I gave my money to the Wells’ flick instead of Favreau?  I bet against Robert Downey Jr.?  God-fucking-dammit.”  Still, someone has to blink in these cases, and it’s not like audiences will see a movie only if it’s called “Chef”.  The matter will probably be settled shortly.

In the meantime, Wells’ Chef is continuing with casting.  Deadline reports that Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard could play the female lead, and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) might co-star.

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