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Scarlett Johansson for Uncharted movie?

Lost in Translation star "scoped" for Elena.

Scarlett Johansson is the latest name attached to David O Russell's controversial Uncharted movie, according to a new interview with the director.

Discussing the role of Elena, Nathan Drake's love interest, with Empire Online, Russell agreed that The Fighter's leading lady Amy Adams would be a great fit, before making a suggestion of his own.

"Oh I would love that too, I love Amy. I also love Scarlett Johansson; there's a lot of great actors I think might suit. Hopefully, we'll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role..."

Russell also talked a little more about how he was approaching the character, explaining "I've cultivated her quite a bit and I think I've added a lot of dimension to her so that's all I'm going to say. I love the woman characters and the more robust they are, the more robust the movie."

According to recent casting news Russell has lined up Mark Wahlberg to play Drake, with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci playing his father and uncle. However, it seems that's not 100 per cent locked in just yet.

"I'd love Mark to be in it, I'd love Bob De Niro to be in it," he said, "I love the idea of growing them into a cinematic family; I think that's a really cool idea, but... I guess you'll have to wait until you see the script."

Back in December, fans didn't respond too positively to news that Russell was planning to veer well away from the story established by developer Naughty Dog. Perhaps his Best Director Oscar nom for gritty boxing flick The Fighter last week might encourage you to give him the benefit of the doubt?

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