The search for the Black Widow director is over, as Marvel has hired Cate Shortland to helm the upcoming solo film. The Australia director is best known for her films Somersault, Lore, and Berlin Syndrome. No release date has been set.
Scarlett Johansson will reprise the role of Natasha Romanoff in the film, with the most recent draft written by Jac Schaeffer. Johansson has appeared as Romanoff in six MCU films to date, most recently in Avengers: Infinity War. She can next be seen in the untitled Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. Schaeffer also wrote the upcoming female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, titled Nasty Women.
Marvel Studios met with over 70 directors to find the right candidate. Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom), Melanie Laurent (Galveston), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) were among the finalists alongside Shortland.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently filming for a July 5, 2019 release date, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will soon go into production for a 2020 release. The Black Widow solo likely won’t be released until 2021 at the earliest.
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