The Match Point star is one of the actresses being considered for the role of Navy nurse Nellie Forbush in a revival of the musical at the Lincoln Center, which is scheduled to open in January 2008.
Director Bartlett Sher is currently arranging auditions for the musical to take place next month, with Russian tenor Dimitri Hvorovstovsky said to be in line for the role of plantation owner Emile De Becque, reports the New York Post.
A production source tells the Post, "They want the leads to be sexy. This is not going to be a stodgy old production of South Pacific."
Last year, Johansson was forced to put out of talks to play Maria in the London stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Sound of Music, after her management clashed with the theater impresario over her fees and conditions of her contract.
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