Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

‘Black Widow’ Standalone Film Lands Director Cate Shortland

‘Black Widow’ Standalone Film Lands Director Cate Shortland

Marvel Studios has found its director for their upcoming Black Widow movie.

Shortland was reportedly chosen from a list of finalists that included Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry).

A film starring Scarlett Johansson's Marvel Cinematic Universe character has been rumored for the past few years, but that rumor now seems much closer to reality.

Reports suggest Marvel bosses met with over 60 filmmakers over the past 18 months before agreeing to hand the job to Shortland earlier this week. Although the studio initially meant to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors". Shortland's credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from previous year.

Scarlett Johansson is also set to return in her titular role as Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel blockbuster. The film reunites Johansson with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders. The actress had admired Shorthand's handling of the female lead in "Lore" and pushed her for the chance to helm "Black Widow". Widow, along with all of the core Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and presumably Hawkeye) survived the events of that film and are all expected to be seen in next summer's still-untitled Avengers 4.

Set before the first Avengers film, the movie will be Marvel's second female-fronted film after Captain Marvel, due in 2019.

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