Los Angeles: Actress Scarlett Johansson has replaced
Samantha Morton in director Spike Jonze's
upcoming drama film. Morton had already completed work on her role
as the voice of an operating system, but the filmmaker subsequently
decided to take the project in a different direction and hired
Johansson, reports Vulture.com.
"I think, unfortunately, it's pretty normal in terms of my
not-quite-painless-for-everyone-involved 'process' of discovering
what the movie is. Samantha was with us on set and was amazing," Jonze said in a statement.
"It was only in post production, when we started editing, that
we realised that what the character/movie needed was different from
what Samantha and I had created together. So we recast and since
then Scarlett has taken over that role," he added.
The director insists, he is very fond of Morton and that he will
collaborate with her in future. "I love Samantha. I've been friends
with her forever, and I hope we make lots of things together in the
future," he said.