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Tom Cruise set sights on Scarlett Johansson



Tbdscarlettjohansson031108_2 The news that Tom Cruise held auditions for a wife after he split from Penelope Cruz in 2004 are nothing new (The Juice* included rumors to that effect just a few short months ago, in fact), but now News of the World has a trump card.

Marc Headley, who apparently once produced promo films for the Church of Scientology, confirms that there really was a church-led casting call to be Tom’s leading lady, if you can dig that.

A casting call went out that said, “There’s an upcoming Tom Cruise movie you might get a part in. Come for an audition,” News of the World reports. The requirements: single, attractive and twentysomething.

She-scientologists Erika Christensen and Sofia Milos were apparently rejected because Cruise wanted a bigger name.

“They went for Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, in that order,” Headley says. “Jennifer and Jessica didn’t bite but Scarlett took the bait and came in for an audition. When she arrived and found out it was the Scientology Center in Hollywood, she freaked out and didn’t do a tape.” Besides, we all know ScarJo really fell for Woody Allen.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]


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