Synergy: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scarlett Johansson, who is earning critical praise for her work in both Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation and Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring, is in final negotiations for a lead role in the Weitz brothers' Synergy at Universal Pictures.

Johansson joins Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace in the project, which is being produced by Chris and Paul Weitz's studio-based Depth of Field. "Synergy" stars Quaid as a magazine advertising exec who finds himself working for a young, fresh-out-of-business-school boss (Grace) following a corporate merger. The two wind up forming a friendship that is upset when the young boss has an affair with the daughter (Johansson) of Quaid's character.

Brian B.