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Scarlett Johansson confirms We Bought A Zoo?

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is director Cameron Crowe’s numero uno choice for the female lead of his next movie We Bought A Zoo.

Having bagged Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, a widowed pa who purchases a run-down English zoo, Crowe is now looking to cast a female lead to play opposite him.

If Johansson’s schedule proves too much of a war zone, Crowe has already shortlisted a variety of talented young things as second best.

That list includes the names Amy Adams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams – though the last two seem, well, a bit young to play the potential love interest of Matt Damon.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna ( The Devil Wears Prada ) has contributed the script adaptation, and the film is set for release on 23 December, 2011.