Scarlett Johansson Replaced Samantha Morton in Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

By Will Ashton

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The upcoming Spike Jonze project Her apparently has had a bit of a mix-up. The sci-fi romance film, about a lonely writer who falls for his new operating system, was set to have actress Samantha Morton (In America) as the voice of the operating system. But, according to Vulture, the casting of the voice has been changed to Scarlett Johnansson.

Jonze said that he only found out that they would need a different voice for the system when they were editing, even though Morton was on set during filming. Set to star Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Amy Adams, the movie is set to come out on November 20. Jonze, however, is expected to show clips during this weekend’s L.A. Film Festival, during a Saturday night panel that will be celebrating the filmmaker’s work.

Read Jonze’s full statement below, which he send to Vulture.

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. It was only in post production, when we started editing, that we realized 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.

I love Samantha. I’ve been friends with her forever and I hope we make lots of things together in the future.

Be well,
Spike

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