Scarlett Johansson does not mess around. A new report tells us that the actress is suing a French publisher for unauthorized use of her name in a novel. The twenty-eight year old star is seeking damages for French firm JC Lattès for ‘breach and fraudulent use of personal rights’ as a result of the publication of Gregoire Delacourt’s best-selling novel, La Première Chose Qu’on Regarde, states The Hollywood Reporter.
Scar Jo’s demands do not end there. The trade publication is also reporting that the star is seeking a ban on ‘future transfer of rights and adaptations of the book,’ which at this point has been published only in French.
The novel weaves a tale about a mechanic who meets a woman whose physical attributes are so similar to Johansson’s, that he believes it is actually for her a moment. Further into the novel it is revealed that the woman is not Johansson but someone named Jeanine Foucaprez.
The author behind the novel, Gregoire Delacourt, admitted that he was ‘stunned’ by the lawsuit in an interview with Le Figarpo, a French newspaper. The book, released in March, has become a best-seller in its native country. Delacourt was informed about the lawsuit on Friday.
“I wrote a book of fiction. My character is not Scarlett Johansson, it is Jeanine Foucaprez!” Delacourt exclaimed. Delacourt went on to explain that the novel ‘corresponds with the fantasies of our time.’
“I was hoping that she might send me flowers because this book is, in a way, a declaration of love,” stated Delacourt, unable to mask his surprise. He added that he is ‘also very sad’.
This isn’t the first time the author has referenced famous actors in his novels. He revealed that he has also dropped such names as Ryan Gosling and Gene Hackman in an attempt to help his readers picture what his characters look like in his mind.
This must mean a great deal to Johansson as she is taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to bring these charges forth. She is currently prepping for her directorial debut on the film Summer Crossing. She is also shooting her part alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Solider.