Marvel hires female director for upcoming Black Widow film

Cate Shortland Will Direct the Black Widow Movie

Johansson reportedly pushed for Shortland, having admired her work on the 2012 German-language drama Lore, about a teenage girl who leads her siblings across Europe at the end of World War II.

Scarlett Johansson will team up with writer/director Cate Shortland for her stand-alone Black Widow movie. Marvel Studios reportedly met with 70 to 75 different directors for the project, with a female director being seen as a priority. Her most recent film, 2017's thriller Berlin Syndrome, was an adaptation of the novel by Melanie Joosten. However, THR noted the search for a preferably female director "stalled" at one point, which briefly resulted in the studio's considering male directors.

Shortland first became known to Australian audiences in 2004 with her independent feature film Somersault, starring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington.

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Johansson is poised to reprise the role of the Black Widow for the much-anticipated standalone movie, and the 33-year-old has previously spoken enthusiastically about the prospect of Black Widow being handed her own film. The Black Widow screenplay will be written by Jac Schaeffer, who most recently authored the script for Nasty Women, the gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

According to reports, the film will be set before the events of the Avengers films, and will presumably focus on her past as a spy for the Russian government aka how she got all that red on her ledger.

The Black Widow was first introduced to the MCU in 2010's Iron Man 2 and has since then appeared inThe Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

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