Marvel Finds Director For Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers Infinity War

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has signed Lore director Cate Shortland to helm the highly-anticipated-but-only-just-now-made-official Black Widow solo movie, which will star Scarlett Johansson.

The studio reportedly met with over 70 different directors for the project, narrowing the search down to Amma Asante (Belle), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), and Shortland.

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. Shortland's credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from a year ago.

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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.

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.

Jac Schaeffer wrote the latest draft of the script for the film, which will be a prequel set before the events of The Avengers. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). This project has been a long time coming, as fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow movie ever since the character was introduced in Iron Man 2.

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