Why Scarlett Johansson?

  • Kirsten StevensEmail author
  • Janice Loreck
  • Whitney Monaghan


The first chapter of this collection provides an overview of Johansson’s career, setting the scene for this volume and highlighting the importance her films have had in shaping her stardom. It traces how her image emerged and evolved through key career turning points, from her early roles as a child actress in Manny & Lo (Lisa Krueger, 1996) and The Horse Whisperer (Robert Redford, 1998), to sex symbol status in adulthood, to her recent reflexive turn as a science fiction performer in Her (Spike Jonze, 2013), Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014), Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013) and Ghost in the Shell (Rupert Sanders, 2017).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirsten Stevens
    • 1
    Email author
  • Janice Loreck
    • 2
  • Whitney Monaghan
    • 3
  1. 1.Culture and CommunicationUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Screen Arts and Cultural StudiesCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia
  3. 3.Film and Screen StudiesMonash UniversityCaulfieldAustralia

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