Los Angeles: Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is set to expand her career by turning director with 'Summer Crossing'.

The 26-year-old actress, who is teaming up with Oscar-winning producer Barry Spikings in the project, will work on the movie adaptation of Truman Capote's first novel, as reported.

It focuses on an 18-year-old young woman who breaks free of her rich family to discover her own identity and sexuality after World War II. Copote wrote the novel in the 1940s, but it was lost for half a century before eventually being published in 2005.

"I've wanted to direct since I was 12, since I watched Bob Redford direct 'The Horse Whisperer'. I was like, 'I want that job!'," she had said once.
   
The 'Iron Man 2' actress will be seen starring opposite Matt Damon in 'We Bought a Zoo', which is set to hit theaters on December 23.

(Agencies)