Scarlett Johansson Reteams With 'Ghost in the Shell' Director for True-Life Massage Parlor Film 'Rub & Tug'

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Rupert Sanders will direct with Joel Silver and New Regency producing.

Scarlett Johansson is reteaming with Rupert Sanders, who directed her in Ghost in the Shell, for Rub & Tug, a drama about a real-life transgender massage parlor owner, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Joel Silver and New Regency will produce the pic about Jean Marie Gill (Johansson), a person assigned female at birth who succeeded in Pittsburgh's 1970s and 1980s massage parlor and prostitution business by assuming the identity of a man, Dante "Tex" Gill.

Rub & Tug is a co-production between Silver's Silver Pictures, Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures and Johansson’s These Pictures banners.

Sanders earlier directed Johansson and Takeshi Kitano in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the DreamWorks production based on the famous Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

Johansson is repped by CAA. Sanders is repped by CAA.