Are Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson really feuding? One of the tabloids claims there's a major war brewing between the two actresses. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.
According to the National Enquirer, the two stars have been at odds for years but "now things are getting outright volatile" between them. A supposed source says tension recently arose when Jolie pushed for her Maleficent sequel to get released this year instead of in 2020, "putting her in direct competition for ticket sales with Scarlett, who is gunning for her first Oscar with JoJo Rabbit."
The story is absurd from the start. JoJo Rabbit is expected to hit theaters sometime in late 2019, but the film doesn't have a release date yet. There's no indication it's opening on the same weekend as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which is being released on October 18.
Additionally, it was Disney that decided to push up the release of the Maleficent sequel from May 2020 to October of this year. The studio made the decision because the film would have less competition in that frame. Jolie herself didn't choose the new date, nor did she specifically target JoJo Rabbit, a World War II satire which doesn't have a specific release date yet and which is aimed at a different audience than Maleficent 2. By the tabloid's logic, Jolie is at war with every other actor and actress in Hollywood who has a project being released in the fall.
From there, the magazine further contends that Jolie "is also staking a claim to Scarlett's turf by signing up for multiple Marvel movies." Jolie has only signed on for one Marvel movie, The Eternals, and her involvement in the superhero movie isn't an attack on Johansson in any way. Still, the suspicious tipster maintains there's "a ton of bad blood" between the two actress, who are supposedly "at each other's throats and trash-talking each other to anyone who'll listen."
Despite the tabloid's report being baseless and illogical, Gossip Cop still checked in with sources close to both actresses, and we're assured there's never been a feud between them. The gossip media seems to enjoy pitting Jolie against her peers. We previously called out the Enquirer's sister outlet, RadarOnline, for falsely claiming Jolie was feuding with Penelope Cruz. Gossip Cop also busted the magazine's other sister publication, OK!, for wrongly reporting that Jolie was feuding with Michelle Pfeiffer on the set of the Maleficent sequel. The actress's showdown with Johansson is equally nonexistent.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.