By EW Staff
Updated October 16, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

I was a bit surprised to read gossip today that sultry actress/recently elected image of perfection Scarlett Johansson is heading into the recording studio to make an album entitled Scarlett Sings Tom Waits. (At press time, we were still waiting for Johansson’s rep to respond to our request for confirmation of the story.) Not that she’s the first pretty actress to want a recording career as well; there’s an entire batch of L. Lo’s and J. Lo’s who have that realm covered. My interest comes, rather, from her choice to cover songs composed by the enigmatic Waits.

Anyone who heard Johansson belt it out during a guest appearance on SNL last year, or who has heard her rendition of Gershwin’s “Summertime” recorded for a charity album, you have to admit, the girl’s got something. Her solid yet ethereal voice is quite lovely. I’m just not sure how it will sound interpreting Tom Waits’ trademark swaggering raspy growl and elusive lyrics. And what songs will she sing? Classic Waits? Or his more experimental fare?

Any other actors you’d like to see make a record? (Since watching Happy Endings, I thought it’d be neat if Maggie Gyllenhaal gave it a whirl.) And are you as excited as I am to hear ScarJo take on Waits?

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