Cate Shortland set to direct Black Widow movie

Brenda Watkins
July 13, 2018

After an extensive search by the studio, and years of fans asking about the project, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Australian director Cate Shortland will helm Marvel Studios' Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

THR goes on to say that Shortland beat out over 70 other candidates for the gig, including Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry). "Her most recent film was Berlin Syndrome, a 2017 thriller that starred Teresa Palmer".

Shortland's hiring caps off months of searching that saw Marvel reportedly meet with as many as 75 different filmmakers for the project.

Scarlett Johansson is expected to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

It's a big risk for Marvel, as Australian Shortland only has nine director credits to her name - and only four are full-length features.

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Shortland doesn't even have agency representation, but Johansson pushed for the filmmaker to land the gig as the actress had a strong hand in picking this director.

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.

Black Widow does not yet have a set release date, but it will be some time after Marvel's first female-centric superhero movie, Captain Marvel, which is due for release here on 8 March 2019.

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