Scarlett Johansson is on her way to become the highest paid actress in Hollywood thanks to her deal to star in Marvel’s long overdue standalone Black Widow movie.
Marvel Studios announced the development of the project just last week. Scarlett Johansson has reportedly landed a $25 million deal to star in the Black Widow film and could bank up to another six million if the film manages to crack $900 million at the box office, putting Johansson ahead of actresses Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence.
Jac Schaeffer is penning the script for the solo film on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular female character. Schaeffer is best known for writing the recent short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and the 2009 sci-fi romance TiMER which she also directed. Scarlett Johansson and Schaeffer are expected to meet soon to share their visions for the project.
As for what fans could expect from a standalone Black Widow film, the franchise could explore the widow program as it would tell the origin of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and how she was molded into the formidable assassin audiences know her as is today. In the comics, Natasha Romanoff was trained by the Winter Soldier himself, Bucky Barnes played by Sebastian Stan in the films.
Scarlett Johansson will next be seen as Natasha Romanoff in the upcoming culmination of the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War. The film 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, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Hiroyuki Sanada, Winston Duke, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Josh Brolin. Here’s the 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.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.