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Scarlett Johansson takes lead in Sony TV's 'Custom of the Country'

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Scarlett Johansson will star in and executive produce Sony Pictures TV’s Custom of the Country, EW has confirmed.

Based on Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel of the same name, the story follows Undine Spragg (Johansson) in her ruthless ascension to New York high society. British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement) will adapt the novel for the screen.

The limited, eight-episode period series from Charles Finch’s Pink Sands is looking at a cable run, potentially premium, and is readying to hit the marketplace.

Though Johansson has previously worked in television, Custom of the Country marks her first major television role.