Sophia Coppola

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The film starred Bill Murray as a melancholy actor on a business trip and Scarlett Johansson as a college student in a new country struggling with loneliness. Johansson was the first to sign onto the project as the fresh-faced 17 year-old Hollywood newbie. It took several attempts before Coppola was able to secure Bill Murray for the role of Bob Harris. Coppola said that the film “lived or died” on the comedian agreeing to play the role. Coppola had Murray in mind for the role of Bob Harris while she was writing the screenplay. Coppola went to Tokyo and started filming without Murray officially signing on yet, hoping that he would show up. He finally agreed to sign onto the film after getting the script from a writing partner of his who also happened to be one of Coppola's friends. Coppola describes Lost in Translation as a “self-indulgent, personal project” that wouldn't resonate so the fact movie fans still come up to her and shower the film in praise in 2018 continues to surprise the director.