The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Cate Shortland is set to direct Marvel’s first Black Widow solo film starring Scarlett Johannson.
Marvel met with over 65 directors including Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) before deciding on Shortland. Asante, as well as Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry) were also in the mix as well.
Shortland is best known for her Nazi drama Lore and will direct the spin-off centered on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular female character from a script written by Jac Schaeffer. Schaeffer is best known for writing the recent short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and the 2009 sci-fi romance TiMER which she also directed. Marvel Studios production and development executive Brad Winderbaum is reportedly serving as executive producer.
Plot details remain under wraps, however, the film is rumored to be a prequel set prior to Avengers with a narrative split between Natasha Romanoff’s time spent in the KGB up until the fall of the Soviet Union, and fifteen years later prior to her character’s introduction in Iron Man 2.
Johansson’s Black Widow can currently be seen in the Marvel mega-event Avengers: Infinity War and is already confirmed to appear in the film’s sequel. Infinity War also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautisa, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Josh Brolin. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
The currently-untitled Avengers 4 features a cast made up of many of the key players in Infinity War — alongside newcomers like Brie Larson and Evangeline Lilly — and is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.
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