Scarlett Johansson has been announced as lead actress in a forthcoming biographic musical about African American author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
The news comes after Whitewash Studios, the film’s production company, caught a glimpse of Johansson in the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell.
Johansson promised to give the character a respectful interpretation by fusing Angelou’s personal history with the unique perspective of white culture.
Whitewash studios said they agreed with critics that Cameron Diaz, who was originally cast for the role, was just too white, and hoped that replacing Diaz with Johansson would remedy those complaints.
The Broadway smash Hamilton has been cited as the film’s inspiration.
In Hamilton, creator and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda portrays Alexander Hamilton using hip hop as a means to interpret and tell the duel-victim’s history.
The film’s main ballad will be a country rock interpretation of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” which is adorably titled “The Caged Birdy’s Honky-Tonk Blues.”
Johansson said that she spent hours closely observing her birds in preparation for the performance.
At press time, the Academy applauded the move towards diversity and preemptively nominated Johansson for her performance.