Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

BLACK WIDOW Director Hired (with SCARLETT JOHANSSON's Endorsement)

BLACK WIDOW Director Hired (with SCARLETT JOHANSSON's Endorsement)

According to an exclusive scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has selected Cate Shortland, an Australian director, to head up the Scarlett Johansson-starring solo adventure for the Avengers' most deadly heroine.

It is thought Marvel met with 70 directors before picking Shortland, who is best known for her Nazi drama Lore; Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson also reportedly pushed for Shortland to get the role.

"Some of the names considered to helm "Black Widow" were Amma Asante ("Belle, A United Kingdom"), Maggie Betts (Novitiate"), Melanie Laurent ("Galveston") and Kimberly Pierce ("Boys Don't Cry"). Although the studio initially meant to hire a female filmmaker, the Hollywood trade says the Disney-owned studio "stalled at one point and the studio looked at male directors".

While she struggled after emerging as a filmmaker of great sensitivity and visual style with Somersault - later saying, "I just didn't want the attention" - Shortland has proven she is up for a challenge.

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Earlier this year, Marvel hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write the script, which is reportedly set before the events of the first Avengers film.

Shortland, who has been regarded as the frontrunner to direct the film, is best known for directing Berlin Syndrome and Lore.

Fans have been clamoring for a Black Widow solo film ever since the character made her big-screen debut in 2010's Iron Man 2.

The film has not yet been officially announced by Marvel Studios yet.

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